Loxosceles griffinae

Lotz, L. N., 2017, An update on the spider genus Loxosceles (Araneae: Sicariidae) in the Afrotropical region, with description of seven new species, Zootaxa 4341 (4), pp. 475-494: 480

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4341.4.2

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:723F3227-A214-43F8-B598-CD7DFDB8B48B

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http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03FB8670-D547-674B-FF48-FF575098FB09

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Plazi

scientific name

Loxosceles griffinae
status

sp. nov.

Loxosceles griffinae  sp. nov.

( FIGS 5View FIGURES 1 – 18, 23View FIGURES 19 – 37)

Types. NAMIbIA: ♀ HOLOTYpE fROM OkOkATUWO, 17°27’S, 12°32’E, E. GRIffEN LEG. 7–11.V.1991 ( SMNAbout SMN 42608View Materials)GoogleMaps  . PARATYpES. KAOkOLANd, OpUWO, BAYNES MOUNTAINS, 1♀, EpEMbE, 17°05’S, 13°02’E, 20.IV.2006, 1♀, OkATUvI WATER pOOLS, 17°08’S, 12°58’E, 23.IV.2006, 1♀, OTUHUANGA, 17°06’S, 12°57’E, 22.IV.2006, EdUVENTURES 8 LEG. (SMN 47265, 47272, 47268); 1♂ AND 1♀, OPUWO, BAOBAB II, NO SPECIFIC LOCALITY, MAP 1713DD, 18.VII.1995, E. MARAIS LEG. (SMN 43474); 1♀, OPUWO, OMBAzUFONTEIN, 17°48’S, 13°45’E, 25–28.IV.1996, E. GRIFFIN LEG. (SMN 43520).

Etymology. THE SpEcIES NAME IS A MATRONYM fOR ERIN GRIffIN, cOLLEcTOR Of THE TYpE SpEcIMEN.

Diagnosis. FEMALE SpERMATHEcAE cONSIST Of TWO ObLONG SAcS ON LONG cOpULATORY TUbES THAT pROcEEd MEdIALLY fROM EAcH SIdE TO ALMOST MEET MEdIALLY; dIffER fROM ALL OTHER SpEcIES IN THIS RESpEcT ( FIG. 23View FIGURES 19 – 37). MALE pALpAL TIbIA ALMOST AS LONG AS cYMbIUM ANd cYMbIUM NOT MUcH LONGER THAN pULp bULb, MOST SIMILAR TO L. pilosa  ( FIG. 11View FIGURES 1 – 18); dIffERING fROM L. pilosa  IN THE bROAd bASAL pART Of THE EMbOLUS bEING SHORTER ANd THE ApIcAL pART bEING MORE cURvEd ( FIG. 5View FIGURES 1 – 18).

Description. Female: (N = 6): TL = 7.03 (6.4–7.8); CL = 2.78 (2.5–3.2); CW = 2.42 (2.2–2.8); CLL = 0.40 (0.35–0.45). AME-LE 0.05; LARGEST EYE dIAMETER 0.15. CARApAcE YELLOW-bROWN, dARkER pARS cEpHALIcA ANd ALONG THE EdGES; STERNUM LIGHT YELLOW-bROWN; LEGS bROWN; pALpS MOSTLY LIGHT bROWN, WITH dARkER bROWN TARSUS. AbdOMEN LIGHT YELLOW WITH bROWN MARkINGS ALONG THE SIdES ANd dOWN THE cENTERLINE. INTERNAL GENITALIA WITH TWO, LONG, MEdIALLY pROcEEdING cOpULATORY TUbES ON EAcH SIdE, NExT TO EAcH OTHER AT THE bASE, ENdING IN SMALL ObLONG SpERMATHEcAE, SLIGHTLY LARGER IN dIAMETER THAN THE TUbES ( FIG. 23View FIGURES 19 – 37). LEG fORMULA II:I:IV:III. LEG MEASUREMENTS: I: fEMUR 6.8, pATELLA 1.0, TIbIA 6.5, METATARSUS 6.0, TARSUS 1.2, TOTAL 21.5; II: 6.4, 1.0, 6.4, 6.5, 1.3, 21.6; III: 5.5, 0.95, 4.9, 5.5, 1.1, 17.95; IV: 6.2, 1.0, 5.8, 6.4, 1.4, 20.8. PALp: fEMUR 0.8, pATELLA 0.4, TIbIA 0.6, cYMbIUM 1.0, TOTAL 2.8.

Male: (N = 1): TL = 5.0; CL = 2.5; CW = 2.4; CLL = 0.3. AME-LE 0.05; LARGEST EYE dIAMETER 0.15. COLOUR ANd MARkINGS AS IN fEMALE. PALpAL TIbIA ALMOST AS LONG AS cYMbIUM ANd cYMbIUM NOTAbout NOT MUcH LONGER THAN pULp bULb; EMbOLUS ALMOST TWIcE AS LONG AS bULb WITH, SHORT, bROAd SEcTION AT bASE; THIN ApIcAL pART LONG ANd dISTALLY HOOkEd ( FIG. 5View FIGURES 1 – 18). LEG fORMULA UNkNOWN. TIbIA TO TARSUS Of LEG II MISSING ON bOTH SIdES. LEG MEASUREMENTS: I: fEMUR 9.7, pATELLA 1.0, TIbIA 11.1, METATARSUS 10.8, TARSUS 1.5, TOTAL 34.1; II: 9.7, 1.0,?,?,?,?; III: 7.2, 0.9, 7.0, 7.3, 1.2, 23.6; IV: 8.2, 1.0, 7.8, 9.5, 1.5, 28.0. PALp: fEMUR 0.8, pATELLA 0.35, TIbIA 0.45, cYMbIUM 0.65, TOTAL 2.25.

Natural History. COLLEcTEd fROM SAvANNA, IN pITfALL TRApS ANd cAvES.

Distribution. NORTHWESTERN NAMIbIA ( FIG. 40View FIGURES 40).

SMN

Simao District National Medical and Pharmaceutical Institute

NOT

Nottingham City Natural History Museum

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Arachnida

Order

Araneae

Family

Sicariidae

Genus

Loxosceles