Nops sublaevis Simon, 1893

Sánchez-Ruiz, Alexander & Brescovit, Antonio D., 2018, A revision of the Neotropical spider genus Nops MacLeay (Araneae: Caponiidae) with the first phylogenetic hypothesis for the Nopinae genera, Zootaxa 4427 (1), pp. 1-121: 105-107

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Nops sublaevis Simon, 1893


Nops sublaevis Simon, 1893 

Figures 72A‒G View Figure ; 73A‒L

Nops sublaevis Simon, 1893b: 450  , pl. 9, fig. 14. Males and female syntypes from Colonia Tovar (10°24′20″N, 67°17′22″W), Aragua, Venezuela ( NHMAbout NHM; not examined, apparently lost).GoogleMaps 

Remarks. Searches of syntypes in NHMAbout NHM were unsuccessful. However, two males from Maracay, Aragua (20 km SW of type locality) match with original description and figures of Simon (1893b).

Additional material examined. VENEZUELA: Aragua: Maracay, Rancho Grande (currently Parque Nacional Henri Pittier , 10°22′48″N, 67°37′8.4″W), 27.vii.1946, W.M. Bebee, 1♂ ( AMNHAbout AMNH)GoogleMaps  . Ditto , 31.viii.1946, W.M. Bebee, 1♂ ( AMNHAbout AMNH)  . Ditto , 5.vii.1946, W.M. Bebee, 1♀ ( AMNHAbout AMNH)  . Trujillo: 6.1 km. N Bocono , 31.iii.1992, L. Herman, 1♀ ( AMNHAbout AMNH)  .

Diagnosis. Males and females resemble similar congener Nops meridionalis  , which have a similar abdominal pattern as in figure 6I, by having the PLS longer than the PMSAbout PMS and the posterior unpaired claws small ( Fig. 5C View Figure ); but can be distinguished by having the embolus slightly curved and shorter than palpal tibia ( Fig. 72B‒D View Figure ) and females without invagination on receptaculum ( Figs 72G View Figure ; 73G‒I).

Description. Male (Maracay, AMNHAbout AMNH): Carapace dark orange ( Fig. 72A View Figure ). Chelicerae, endites, labium legs orange, coxae and trochanters lighter. Abdomen dorsally greenish gray, with the most common pattern as in figure 6I, ventrally light pale gray. Anal tubercle and spinnerets light gray. Total length 8.8. Carapace 5.4 long, 3.3 wide. Sternum 4.6 long, 3.0 wide. Leg measurements: I: 3.8; II: 3.7; III: 3.5; IV: 3.9. Posterior unpaired claws small, as in other three‒clawed spiders with small denticles. PLS longer than PMSAbout PMS. Palp with embolus shorter than palpal tibia, slightly curved ( Figs 72B‒D View Figure ; 73A); tip with two ventral short extensions and a reborded dorsal margin ( Fig. 73 B‒C, E View Figure ).

Female (Maracay: AMNHAbout AMNH). Carapace, chelicerae, labium, coxae, legs, endites and sternum as in male. Abdomen as in male ( Fig. 72E View Figure ). Anal tubercle and spinnerets whitish yellow. Total length 9.2. Carapace 5.6 long, 3.5 wide. Sternum 4.8 long, 3.4 wide. Leg measurements: I: 3.9; II: 3.85; III: 3.6; IV: 4.05. Posterior unpaired claws ( Fig. 73L View Figure ) and PLS as in male. External genital area with strongly sclerotized anterior plate and lep, remarkable ess ( Fig. 72F View Figure ). Internal genitalia without invagination on receptaculum and uterus externus with narrow base ( Figs 72G View Figure ; 73G‒I).

Distribution. Known from Venezuela ( Fig. 55B View Figure ).


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Nops sublaevis Simon, 1893

Sánchez-Ruiz, Alexander & Brescovit, Antonio D. 2018


Nops sublaevis

Simon, 1893b : 450