Huber B, Neumann J, Rehfeldt S, Grabolle A & Reiser N
Back in Europe: Quamtana spiders (Araneae: Pholcidae) in Germany
Zurück in Europa: Spinnen der Gattung Quamtana (Araneae: Pholcidae) in Deutschland
Two undescribed species of the African pholcid spider genus Quamtana have been found in German greenhouses and plant markets since 2012. Both species seem to have established stable populations. This genus has not been previously recorded from Europe, except for a fossil specimen in Eocene amber from the Paris Basin that was tentatively assigned to Quamtana and that is estimated to date from 53 million years ago. Since the actual geographic origins of the two species (probably South and/or tropical Africa) are unknown, we do not formally describe them.
Alien, greenhouse, introduced species, plant market