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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Thomisidae
Genus: Aphantochilus
O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1871[1]
Type species
A. rogersi
O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1871

Aphantochilus is a genus of ant-mimicking crab spiders that was first described by Octavius Pickard-Cambridge in 1871.[4] As of June 2020 it contains three species, found in Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, and Panama: A. cambridgei, A. inermipes, and A. rogersi.[1] It is a senior synonym of Cryptoceroides.[3]

A. rogersi is polymorphic.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Gen. Aphantochilus O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1871". World Spider Catalog Version 20.0. Natural History Museum Bern. 2020. doi:10.24436/2. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  2. ^ Benjamin, S. P. (2011). "Phylogenetics and comparative morphology of crab spiders (Araneae: Dionycha, Thomisidae)". Zootaxa. 3080: 11.
  3. ^ a b Gerschman de P., B. S.; Schiapelli, R. D. (1964). "Observaciones sobre el género Cryptoceroides Toledo-Piza, 1937 (Araneae-Aphantochilidae)". Physis, Revista de la Sociedad Argentina de Ciencias Naturales. 24: 418.
  4. ^ Pickard-Cambridge, O. (1871). "On some new genera and species of Araneida". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 38: 728–747.

Further reading[edit]

  • Teixeira, R. A.; Campos, L. A.; Lise, A. A. (2014). "Phylogeny of Aphantochilinae and Strophiinae sensu Simon (Araneae; Thomisidae)". Zoologica Scripta. 43 (1): 65–78.
  • Mello-Leitão, C. F. de (1946). "Arañas del Paraguay". Notas del Museo de la Plata. 11: 17–50.
  • Piza Jr., S. de T. (1937). "Novas especies de aranhas myrmecomorphas do Brasil e considerações sobre o seu mimetismo". Revista do Museu Paulista. 23: 307–319.
  • Ramírez, M. J. (2014). "The morphology and phylogeny of dionychan spiders (Araneae: Araneomorphae)". Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History. 390: 1–374.