Agapakis G & Miranda GS de
First record of Charinus ioanniticus (Arachnida, Amblypygi: Charinidae) from continental Europe
Erstnachweis von Charinus ioanniticus (Arachnida, Amblypygi: Charinidae) aus dem kontinentalen Europa
Amblypygids, commonly known as whip spiders, are one of the small orders of Arachnida with a global distribution in the tropical and subtropical regions. Amblypygids are essentially absent from temperate areas, with only three species known from the Western Palaearctic. Here, we expand the known distribution of Charinus ioanniticus (Kritscher, 1959) with a new record from Athens, Greece, which is the first time the species has been found in continental Europe. The new record could either be the result of accidental human transportation or the actual species distribution that is wider than previously expected. An updated map with the records of C. oanniticus is also provided.
Distribution, expansion, Greece, whip spiders