Pronophaea proxima , Haddad, Charles R. & Bosselaers, Jan, 2010

Haddad, Charles R. & Bosselaers, Jan, 2010, A revision of the genus Medmassa Simon, 1887 (Araneae: Corinnidae) in the Afrotropical Region, Zootaxa 2361, pp. 1-12: 9

publication ID

zt02361p012

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Pronophaea proxima
status

comb. nov.

Pronophaea proxima  (Lessert, 1923) comb. nov.

(Figs 31-32)

Medmassa proxima Lessert,  1923: 204, figs 52, 54; Bosselaers & Jocqué, 2002: 250, figs 3I, 4D (misidentification). (♂ holotype: SOUTH AFRICA: KwaZulu-Natal Province, Krantzkloof , leg. H.W. Bell Marley, NMSA 18887 - examined). 

Remarks. The holotype male of Medmassa proxima  is similar to male P. natalica  in general morphology (Fig. 31), eye arrangement, leg spination, abdominal sclerotisation and general genitalic structure. The fine wire-like median apophysis  , sickle-shaped conductor and short distal embolus of the male palp (Fig. 32) are consistent with a placement in Pronophaea  .

The species identified by Bosselaers & Jocqué (2002) as M. proxima  is, in fact, a new Pronophaea  species closely related to P. proxima,  but with a shorter and curved male palpal tibial apophysis  (compare Fig. 32 with fig. 3 I in Bosselaers & Jocqué 2002). This same new Pronophaea  species was recently included in a cladistic analysis including many corinnid genera and was placed as sister to P. natalica  (Haddad et al. 2009), which supports the transfer of M. proxima  to Pronophaea  .

NMSA

South Africa, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Museum

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Arachnida

Order

Araneae

Family

Corinnidae

Genus

Pronophaea