Biodiv Sci ›› 2021, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (8): 1058-1063.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2021140

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Annual report of Chinese spider taxonomy in 2020

Zhiyuan Yao1, Shuqiang Li2,*()   

  1. 1 College of Life Science, Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang 110034
    2 Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101
  • Received:2020-04-14 Accepted:2021-06-17 Online:2021-08-20 Published:2021-07-27
  • Contact: Shuqiang Li


Aim: The aim of this paper is to provide the 2020 tallies of new taxa of Chinese spiders, and new taxa described by Chinese arachnologists.

Progresses: Firstly, based on specimens collected in China, a total of 223 new taxa were described in 2020. They comprised a new subfamily, 12 new genera and 201 new species, reported by Chinese arachnologists in 56 papers published over 12 journals, plus another nine new species described by foreign arachnologists. Most new species were discovered in Yunnan, accounting for 38.1% of the new species found in China. Secondly, Chinese arachnologists described a total of 95 new taxa from 12 foreign countries such as Myanmar. The tally stems from two new families, seven new genera and 86 new species. In addition, this paper assesses the impact of Chinese contribution to the taxonomy of spiders on a global basis, one Chinese arachnologist authored for 771 new taxa from 2016 to 2020.

Key words: new taxon, new family, new subfamily, new genus, new species