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10/08/2008

Nagaina is a spider genus of the Salticidae family (jumping spiders).

The genus name is derived from Nagaina, a character from Rudyard Kipling's story Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. Other salticid genera with names of Kipling's characters are Bagheera, Messua and Akela. * Nagaina berlandi Soares & Camargo, 1948 - Brazil * Nagaina diademata Simon, 1902 - Brazil * Nagaina incunda Peckham & Peckham, 1896 - Mexico to Panama * Nagaina modesta Caporiacco, 1954 - French Guiana * Nagaina tricincta Simon, 1902 - Brazil