Athamas (spider)

Athamas is a genus of jumping spiders that was first described by Octavius Pickard-Cambridge in 1877.[2] The name is derived from Athamas, the king of Orchomenus in Greek mythology.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Salticidae
Genus: Athamas
O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1877[1]
Type species
A. whitmeei
O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1877

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As of June 2019 it contains seven species, found on Vanuatu, Palau, in Papua New Guinea, on the Polynesian Islands, and Tahiti:[1]

  • Athamas debakkeri Szüts, 2003 – Papua New Guinea (New Ireland)
  • Athamas guineensis Jendrzejewska, 1995 – New Guinea
  • Athamas kochi Jendrzejewska, 1995 – Tahiti
  • Athamas nitidus Jendrzejewska, 1995 – New Guinea
  • Athamas proszynskii Ono, 2011 – Palau Is.
  • Athamas tahitensis Jendrzejewska, 1995 – French Polynesia (Society Is.: Tahiti)
  • Athamas whitmeei O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1877 (type) – Vanuatu, Polynesia


  1. "Gen. Athamas O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1877". World Spider Catalog Version 20.0. Natural History Museum Bern. 2019. doi:10.24436/2. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  2. Pickard-Cambridge, O. (1877). "On some new species of Araneidea, with characters of two new genera and some remarks on the families Podophthalmides and Dinopides". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 45 (3): 557–578.

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