Althepus qingyuani Li & Li

Li, Fengyuan, Liu, Chang & Li, Shuqiang, 2018, Ten new species of the spider genus Althepus Thorell, 1898 from Southeast Asia (Araneae, Ochyroceratidae), ZooKeys 776, pp. 27-60: 38

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Althepus qingyuani Li & Li

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Althepus qingyuani Li & Li  sp. n. Figs 13, 20, 21


Holotype: ♀, China, Yunnan Province, Lincang City, Yongde County, Xiaomengtong Village, Xiangquan Dam, Xianren Cave, 24°12.099'N, 99°18.607'E, 1499 m a.s.l., 02.VIII.2010, C. Wang, L. Lin and Q. Zhao. Paratype: 1♀, same data as holotype.


The specific name is a patronym in honour of Dr. Qingyuan Zhao who collected the types; noun (name) in genitive case.


Althepus qingyuani  Li & Li, sp. n. can be distinguished from all other known species of the genus by 16 round spermathecae on curved stalks in the females (Figure 13A).


Female (holotype). Total length 3.95; carapace 1.44 length, 1.58 width; abdomen 2.28 length, 1.33 width. Carapace round, yellow, with three longitudinal brown bands of similar widths (Figure 13 D–E). Anterior margin of cephalic region distinctly elevated. Clypeus brown. Cheliceral promargin with two teeth, followed by a lamina, retromargin with two small teeth (Figure 20G), posterior surface of fang with 23 small denticles. Labium brown. Sternum brown with a longitudinal yellow band. Abdomen elongate, with complex patterns dorsally and ventrally (Figure 13D, E). Legs brown, femur and tibia with white annulations. Leg measurements: I missing, II 20.80 (5.67, 0.56, 5.26, 7.63, 1.78), III 14.11 (4.17, 0.56, 3.60, 4.45, 1.33), IV missing. Internal genitalia with 16 round spermathecae on curved stalks (Figure 13A).

Male. Unknown.


Females: carapace 1.17-1.44 length, 1.30-1.58 width; leg I lost (the number of specimens = 2).


China. Known only from the type locality (Figure 21).

Natural history.

Collected at a cave entrance at an altitude of 1499 m.


Althepus qingyuani  Li & Li, sp. n., was labelled as "sp. 97" in the analysis of Li and Li (2018).