Pinelema zhewang (Chen & Zhu, 2009)

Zhao, Huifeng, Yao, Zhiyuan, Song, Yang & Li, Shuqiang, 2018, Taxonomic study of the Pinelemabailongensis species group with descriptions of six new species from China (Araneae, Telemidae), ZooKeys 784, pp. 7-57: 7

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Pinelema zhewang (Chen & Zhu, 2009)

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Pinelema zhewang (Chen & Zhu, 2009)  comb. n. Figs 28, 29, 30, 31

Telema zhewang  : Chen and Zhu 2009: 1709, figure 3 A–D, F–L, O–Q (♂♀).

Type material.

Holotype ♂ (MLR): China, Guizhou Province, Qianxinan Prefecture, Ceheng County, Qingping Township, Zhewang village, Zhoujia cave, 600 m, 25°11.000'N, 105°55.000'E, 5.XI.1999, H. Chen and Y. Zhang leg. Paratypes: 13♂ and 22♀ (MHBU), same data as holotype. Not examined.

Material examined.

4♂ and 8♀ (molecular vouchers, IZCAS) from the type locality, 10.III.2011, C. Wang and L. Lin leg.


This species resembles P. xiushuiensis  (see Figure 24 and Wang and Li 2016: 556, figs 9-12) but can be distinguished by following characters: cymbial apophysis very short (Figs 28A, 29C) (cymbial apophysis long in P. xiushuiensis  ) and larger Esl/El ratio (058-0.63, n = 4, mean: 0.60, Suppl. material 1: Figure S12) (smaller Esl/El ratio 0.50-0.52, n = 5, mean: 0.51 in P. xiushuiensis  ).


Male palp: Embolus bent (Figs 28 A–D, 29 C–D), spiral ridge brown (Figure 29B), El/Bl ratio 1.73-1.83 (n = 4, mean: 1.76, Suppl. material 1: Figure S12); Esl/El ratio 0.58-0.63 (n = 4, mean: 0.60, Suppl. material 1: Figure S12). Female endogyne: insemination duct as wide as receptacle (Figure 30C); receptacle U-shaped, slightly swollen at end (Figure 30C). For more detailed descriptions, see Chen and Zhu (2009).


This species shares a combination of morphological characters with P. bailongensis  , such as the long, tube-shaped embolus (see Figs 28 A–D, 29 C–D and Chen and Zhu 2009: figure 3 C–D), the presence of a cymbial apophysis in the male palp prolaterally (see Figs 28A, 29C and Chen and Zhu 2009: figure 3F), and a U-shaped and medially strongly curved receptacle (see Figure 30C and Chen and Zhu 2009: figure 3 J–L), so this species is transferred to Pinelema  .


China (Guizhou, Figure 31), known only from the type locality.