Thiodina tyrioni, Bustamante & Ruiz, 2020

Bustamante, Abel A. & Ruiz, Gustavo R. S., 2020, New species and records of thiodinines from North and South America (Araneae Salticidae: Salticinae: Thiodinini), Zootaxa 4899 (1), pp. 115-140 : 135-139

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Thiodina tyrioni

sp. nov.

Thiodina tyrioni   sp. nov.

Figs 11–12 View FIGURES 7–12 , 64–75 View FIGURES 64–67 View FIGURES 68–71 View FIGURES 72–75

Etymology. The specific name is after Tyrion Lannister, fictional character from the TV series “Game of Thrones”, because of his short stature, sharing this characteristic with the representatives of this species.

Diagnosis. Males and females of T. tyrioni   sp. nov. resemble those of T. minuta   , T. perian   and T. camilae   sp. nov. by the general appearance (carapace yellow with black borders, a pair of brown stripes on the thoracic region, abdomen dorsally as in genus), but with larger body, almost like that of T. nicoleti   (see Bustamante et al. 2015). Males of T. tyrioni   sp. nov. differ from the remaining species of the genus by having a longer embolus (480°, 1T+120°) (compare Figs 68 and 70 View FIGURES 68–71 with Figs 56 and 58 View FIGURES 56–59 ; Galiano 1977b: fig. 17 and Bustamante & Ruiz 2017: fig. 26A). The females resemble those of T. minuta   , T. perian   and T. camilae   sp. nov. by the shape of the rounded spermathecae, but differ by the longer copulatory ducts (compare Figs 74–75 View FIGURES 72–75 with Figs 62–63 View FIGURES 60–63 ; Galiano 1977b: fig. 17 and Bustamante & Ruiz 2017: fig. 26F).

Description. Male (holotype, UBC-SEM). Total length 2.41. Carapace length 1.19, width 0.80, height 0.50. AME diameter 0.24. Ocular quadrangle length 0.69. Anterior eye row width 0.74. Posterior eye row width 0.73. Abdomen length 1.22.

Chelicera paturon: spine-like setae absent; left chelicera promargin with one tricuspid tooth, middle cusp larger than others, right chelicera promargin with one bicuspid and curved tooth, with distal cusp larger, retromargin with one tooth bicuspid and curved. Leg I: femur 0.78x0.22, patella 0.43, tibia 0.61, metatarsus 0.47, tarsus 0.35. II: fe 0.57, pa 0.33, ti 0.41, mt 0.36, ta 0.28. III: fe 0.52, pa 0.27, ti 0.35, mt 0.36, ta 0.29. IV: fe 0.69, pa 0.32, ti 0.53, mt 0.46, ta 0.32. Leg formula 1423. Leg macrosetae: femur I–III d1di, p0, r0; IV d1-1-1, p0, r0, patella I–IV 0, tibia I p0, r0, v2-0-2a-2a, II p0, r0, v1r-1r-0, III–IV 0, metatarsus I–II p0, r0, v2-2; III p2di, r2di, v0; IV p1di, r1di, v0.

Palp ( Figs 68–71 View FIGURES 68–71 ): tibia wider than long, RTA thin and hook-shaped, RvTA rounded ( Figs 69, 71 View FIGURES 68–71 ); embolus simple, fixed to tegulum, arising prolaterally (9:00), with path of 480° (1T+120°) before distal coil ( Figs 68, 70 View FIGURES 68–71 ).

Color in alcohol: carapace yellow with black borders, two brown stripes in thoracic region, abdomen dorsally yellow, with three longitudinal dark stripes, middle one continuous, others discontinuous, sides with one longitudinal dark stripe (five in total), venter white with dark areas, spinnerets yellow. Femur I yellow, patella, tibia and metatarsus darker, tarsus yellow, II yellow, with brown metatarsus, III and IV yellow ( Figs 64–65 View FIGURES 64–67 ).

Female (Paratype, UBC-SEM). Total length 2.69. Carapace length 1.15, width 0.77, height 0.48. AME diameter 0.23. Ocular quadrangle length 0.65. Anterior eye row width 0.72. Posterior eye row width 0.78. Abdomen length 1.53.

Chelicera paturon: promargin with one tooth, tricuspid and curved, retromargin with one bicuspid and curved tooth. Leg I: femur 0.55x0.20, patella 0.33, tibia 0.40, metatarsus 0.31, tarsus 0.25; II: fe 0.44, pa 0.28, ti 0.28, mt 0.25, ta 0.21; III: fe 0.45, pa 0.24, ti 0.29, mt 0.28, ta 0.23; IV: fe 0.62, pa 0.29, ti 0.44, mt 0.37, ta 0.28. Leg formula 4132. Leg macrosetae: femur I d1di, p0, r0; II–III d0-1-1, p0, r0; IV d1-1-1, p0, r0; patella I–IV 0, tibia I p0, r0, v2*-2a-2a; II p0, r0, v1r-1r-0; III 0; IV p0, r0, v0-1p-0; metatarsus I p0, r0, v2-2; II p0, r0, v1r-2; III p2di, r1di, v0, IV p2di, r2di, v0.

Epigyne ( Figs 72–75 View FIGURES 72–75 ): posterior edge simple, without lobes, copulatory openings posteriorly placed and Ushaped ( Figs 72–73 View FIGURES 72–75 ), copulatory ducts slightly projected posteriorly to epigyne edge ( Figs 74–75 View FIGURES 72–75 ).

Color in alcohol: carapace as in male, abdomen dorsally as in male but with all stripes continued, spinnerets as in male. Legs yellow ( Figs 66–67 View FIGURES 64–67 ).

Type material. Holotype Ƌ: U.S.A.: Arizona: Santa Cruz County, from Mount Hopkins Road , 31.6705°N, 110.9137°W, 1640 m a.s.l., leg. W.P. Maddison & H. Proctor, 6.VIII.2013 ( UBC-SEM). GoogleMaps  

Paratypes: U.S.A.: Arizona: Pima County, Madera Canyon, near Proctor Road , 31.7417°N, 110.884°W, leg. W.P. Maddison, 8.VIII.2013, 1♀ ( UBC-SEM); GoogleMaps   Santa Cruz County , from Mount Hopkins Road , 31.6705°N, 110.9137°W, 1640 m a.s.l., leg. W.P. Maddison & H. Proctor, 6.VIII.2013, 1♀ ( UBC-SEM) GoogleMaps   .

Other material examined. U.S.A.: Arizona: Santa Cruz County, 13 km of Mount Hopkins Road , 31.671°N, 110.880°W to 31.673°N, 110.881°W, 2170 m a.s.l., leg. W.P. Maddison, S. Evans, H. Proctor & G. Leduc-Robert, 10.VIII.2013, 1♀ ( UBC-SEM); GoogleMaps   Amateur Astronomy Vista, 31.6759°N, 110.9289°W to 31.6762°N, 110.9293°W, 1430 m a.s.l., leg. W.P. Maddison & H. Proctor, 7.VIII.2013, 1♀ ( UBC-SEM) GoogleMaps   .

Distribution. Known only from Arizona, USA.

Notes. This species was mentioned as “cf. Cyllodania   sp. [d286]” in Ruiz & Maddison (2015) and “ Thiodina aff. minuta   ” in Bustamante & Ruiz (2017: 345).

Due the general appearance and the reduced body size, T. minuta   , T. perian   , T. camilae   sp. nov. and T. tyrioni   sp. nov. could form a monophyletic group: the T. minuta   species group (here proposed). A molecular phylogenetic study ( Ruiz & Maddison 2015) suggested a close relationship between T. tyrioni   sp. nov. (“cf. Cyllodania   sp. [d286]” in that paper) and Arachnomura querandi Bustamante & Ruiz, 2017   (see discussion in Bustamante & Ruiz 2017: 345).