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      “High Tide or Low Tide”: Desis bobmarleyi sp. n., a new spider from coral reefs in Australia’s Sunshine State and its relative from Sāmoa (Araneae, Desidae, Desis)

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      Evolutionary Systematics

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          Spiders of the genus Desis Walckenaer, 1837 (Araneae: Desidae) are water-adapted spiders and live in the intertidal zone on reefs, marine debris and under rocks. Here, we describe a new intertidal species from tropical Queensland and name it after Bob Marley, whose song “High Tide or Low Tide” inspired us as it lives in a “high tide low tide” habitat. We also re-describe a close morphological relative, Desis vorax L. Koch, 1872 from Sāmoa. This species was described some 150 years ago from the Godeffroy Collection which holds the oldest major collection of Australasian and Pacific spiders, now mainly hosted in the Centre of Natural History in Hamburg (CeNak). A third species, Desis hartmeyeri Simon, 1909, was described from juvenile specimens only and is considered a nomen dubium. “None but ourselves can free our minds.” Bob Marley, Redemption Song (1980).

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            How does the intertidal spider Desis marina (Hector) remain under water for such a long time?

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              Respiration rates for the intertidal spiderDesis marina(Hector)

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                Journal
                Evolutionary Systematics
                EvolSyst
                Pensoft Publishers
                2535-0730
                December 22 2017
                December 22 2017
                : 1
                : 1
                : 111-120
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                10.3897/evolsyst.1.15735
                © 2017

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