A new phylogenetic classification of jumping spiders

announcementYesterday, my paper on the classification of jumping spiders was released online; the paper publication is 25 November. It’s good old-fashioned taxonomy/systematics, finished with hand-carved wood, and leather, and brass, but on the inside is phylogenetics, the union of my 44 years of looking at spider bodies and our 20 years of molecular phylogenetic work. It is the first new complete classification of the family published since 1903, and implicitly the first phylogenetic treatment of all 600-plus genera. The paper is available online here.

I expect that, among all the works in my career in empirical, theoretical and computational systematics, this paper will give me the most pride, and will best give the spiders the honour they deserve.


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