Brescovit, Antonio D., Taucare-Ríos, Andrés, Magalhaes, Ivan L. F. & Santos, Adalberto J., 2017, On Chilean Loxosceles (Araneae: Sicariidae): first description of the males of L. surca and L. coquimbo, new records of L. laeta and three remarkable new species from coastal deserts, European Journal of Taxonomy 388, pp. 1-20: 10-12
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Loxosceles diaguita sp. nov.
Males are easily distinguished from other Neotropical Loxosceles by the shape of the palpal bulb, with a large embolus sided by a keel with several longitudinal grooves ( Figs 3C–D View Figure , 6A–C View Figure ). Females are distinguished by the robust, S-shaped stalks of the outer spermathecae and by the reduced inner spermathecae with long, thin stalks ( Fig. 8D View Figure ).
The Diaguitas are a Native American tribe whose original territory covered northwestern Argentina and northern Chile, including portions of the Antofagasta Region, the type locality of the species. The name is to be treated as a noun in apposition.
CHILE: ♂, II Región de Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Taltal, 8.1 km NNW of Paposo , 24.93947 S, 70.49265 W, 114 m a.s.l., ( MJR-loc-45), desert in bloom, matorrales, manual collecting, 27–29 Oct. 2011, M.J. Ramírez, A. Ojanguren and J. Pizarro leg. ( MNHNCL 7946).
CHILE: 2 ♀♀, same data as for holotype (MACN-Ar 30185, MNHNCL 7947); 1 ♂, 1 ♀, Taltal , 6 km E of Paposo, 25.25 S, 70.25 W, 480 m a.s.l., 12 Oct. 1992, N. Platnick, R. Catley and P. Goloboff leg. ( AMNHAbout AMNH);GoogleMaps 2 ♀♀, Taltal, 4 km E of Paposo, 25.3 S, 70.2 W, 20–50 m a.s.l., 11 Oct. 1992, N. Platnick, R. Catley and P. Goloboff leg. ( AMNHAbout AMNH);GoogleMaps 1 ♀, Paposo, campamento base, 25.00767 S, 70.44678 W, 601 m a.s.l., 26–29 Oct. 2015, R. Botero-Trujillo, J.R. Pizarro-Araya, J.E. Barriga-Tuñón and F.A. Kong leg. (MACN-Ar 37212).GoogleMaps
Males and females
Males and females have been matched because they have been collected in the same locality in two different expeditions.
Male (holotype, MNHNCL 7946)
Carapace, labium, sternum and legs light brown; carapace lacking the dark-coloured violin-shaped median band typical of Loxosceles ( Fig. 3A–B View Figure ). Endites light brown, distally reddish brown. Palp light brown, with distal articles reddish brown. Opisthosoma light gray, with whitish cardiac area. Total length 7.31. Caparace 3.33 long, 3.06 wide. Clypeus 0.42 high. Eye diameters: ALE 0.17, PME 0.17, PLE 0.18. Sternum 1.76 long, 1.5 wide. Leg I: femur 6.38, patella 1.24, tibia 6.52, metatarsus 6.52, tarsus 1.47, total 22.13. II: 7.32, 1.3, 8.65, 7.98, 1.53, 26.78. III: 5.85, 1.22, 5.85, 5.85, 1.3, 20.07. IV: 6.38, 1.25, 6.38, 7.05, 1.5, 22.56. Leg formula 2413. Palpal femur 1.83 long, 0.28 wide. Palpal tibia 0.97 long, 0.4 wide. Palp with a short cymbium, a round and short tegular base, and a large and curved embolus with a sculptured keel running from its base to the tip ( Figs 4 View Figure , 6 View Figure ).
Female (paratype, MACN-Ar 30185)
Colour as in male, carapace hirsute ( Fig. 3C View Figure ). Total length 9.71. Caparace 4.26 long, 3.72 wide. Clypeus 0.57 high. Eye diameters: ALE 0.18, PME 0.18, PLE 0.2. Sternum 2.36 long, 1.93 wide. Leg I: femur 6.12, patella 1.43, tibia 6.92, metatarsus 5.99, tarsus 1.4, total 21.86. II: 6.92, 1.52, 7.71, 6.78, 1.4, 24.33. III: 5.85, 1.44, 5.45, 5.72, 1.34, 19.8. IV: 6.52, 1.47, 6.52, 5.05, 1.47, 21.03. Leg formula 2143. Palp tarsus 1.54 long, narrow ( Fig. 3D View Figure ). Spermathecae with a wide, sclerotized base. Inner spermathecae with long and thin stalks, which are laterally directed so that the outer spermathecae receptacles are placed medially relative to the inner spermathecae receptacles. Outer spermathecae larger than the inner spermathecae, with a robust, S-shaped stalk ( Figs 5 View Figure , 8D View Figure ).
Male (n = 2): Total length 7.3–7.6, carapace 3.3–3.8 long, femur I 6.2–6.38 long. Palpal tibia 0.9–1.1 long, 0.4–0.5 wide. Female (n = 4): total length 9.7–10.8, carapace 4.0–4.4 long, femur I 5.8–6.4 long. Palpal tarsus 1.2–1.54 long.
Known from three nearby localities near Paposo, Antofagasta, and northern Chile ( Fig. 10 View Figure ).
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