Draconarius subabsentis , Xu, Xiang & Li, Shuqiang, 2008

Xu, Xiang & Li, Shuqiang, 2008, Ten new species of the genus Draconarius (Araneae: Amaurobiidae) from China, Zootaxa 1786, pp. 19-34: 25-27

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Draconarius subabsentis

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Draconarius subabsentis  spec. nov.

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Type material: Holotype male, 16 male paratypes, CHINA: Hubei Province, Shennongjia Nature Reserve (31.7 ° N, 110.6 ° E), Watchtower, 27 July to 8 August 1998, Hongzhang Zhou and Xiaodong Yu leg.; 65 male paratypes, CHINA: Hubei Province, Shennongjia Nature Reserve, Jinhouling, 27 July to 8 August 1998, Hongzhang Zhou and Xiaodong Yu leg. ( IZCASAbout IZCAS)

Etymology. The species name is a compound word of the Latin prefix sub– and the specific name of Draconarius absentis Wang 2003  , pointing to the similarity of conductors in both species; to be interpreted as a noun in apposition.

Diagnosis. This new species is similar to D. absentis  in having the trifid conductor and lacking the median apophysis, but can be distinguished by the embolus arising at approximately 6 –o’clock–position, the slender and sharp ventral apex of conductor and the absence of a patellar apophysis.

Description. Holotype male. Total length 9.1, prosoma 4.8 long, 3.2 wide; opisthosoma 4.3 long, 2.8 wide. Eye measurements: AME 0.19; ALE 0.20; PME 0.17; PLE 0.25; AME–AME 0.09; AME–ALE 0.10; PME–PME 0.08; PME–PLE 0.25; clypeus 0.11. Chelicerae with 3 promarginal and 2 retromarginal teeth ( Fig. 24 View Figure ). Leg formula: IV, I, II, III; measurements of legs: I: 12.4 (3.5, 4.3, 2.9, 1.7); II: 11.1 (3.1, 3.7, 2.6, 1.7); III: 9.2 (2.5, 2.9, 2.4, 1.4); IV: 12.5 (3.7, 4.0, 3.2, 1.6). PLS with the distal segment shorter than the basal one.

Patellar apophysis absent; the distal end of RTA slightly extending beyond tibia; lateral tibial apophysis distinct; cymbial furrow longer than half of cymbium length; conductor with trifid apex and the ventral apex slender and sharp; dorsal apophysis of conductor large; median apophysis absent; embolus originating at approximately 6 –o’clock–position ( Figs 25–27 View Figure ).

Female. Unknown.

Distribution. China (Sichuan) ( Fig. 49 View Figure ).


Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences