Abstract:Besides being rare in collections, Melloina is of critical importance for the knowledge of mygalomorph relationships, mainly of the Theraphosoidina clade, which contains the families Theraphosidae, Barychelidae and Paratropididae (RAVEN 1985). RAVEN (1985, 1999) extensively discussed the taxonomic position of Melloina, included originally in Theraphosidae (SCHENKEL 1953), and transferred by RAVEN (1985) to the Paratropididae. RAVEN (1985) showed that Melloina is a basal taxon in Paratropididae, presenting the … Show more
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