Taito adrik

Friedrich, Stefan & Lehmann, Tobias, 2020, Taito adrik, a new harvestman species from the Área de Conservación Privada Panguana, Peruvian Amazonia (Opiliones: Laniatores: Cosmetidae), Zootaxa 4729 (1), pp. 105-115: 106-112

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Taito adrik

sp. nov.

Taito adrik  sp. nov.

( Figs. 1–7View FIGURE 1View FIGURE 2View FIGURE 3View FIGURE 4View FIGURE 5View FIGURE 6View FIGURE 7)


Etymology. The specific name is an indeclinable noun in apposition, given in honour of the outstanding arachnologist Adriano B. Kury (nickname “Adrik”), who established the genus Taito  , together with Carla M.L. Barros, in 2014.As professor and senior curator of arachnids in the Museu Nacional/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he lost most of his invaluable collections and fruits of his many field trips through the fire catastrophe in September 2018.

Type material. PERÚ, Huánuco Department, Puerto Inca Province, Yuyapichis District , Rio Yuyapichis , ACP Panguana (9°37’S, 74°56’W, 230 m a.s.l.): holotype male ( MUSM 0513700), 21.iv.–04.v.2018 (E. Diller)GoogleMaps  ; 1 female paratype ( ZSMA20190295), 02.–18.x.2009 (E.-G. Burmeister)  ; 3 male and 1 female paratypes ( MUSM 0513706 /707, ZSMA20190294, ZMH-A0002240), 20.ix.–07.x.2013 (S. Friedrich & F. Wachtel)  ; 2 female paratypes ( ZSMA20190289 /290), 01.–21.v.2015 (S. Friedrich, F.Wachtel & M. Steinherr)  ; 2 male paratypes ( ZMH-A0002241, MHNG-ARTO-18641), 23.iv.–09.v.2016 (S. Friedrich, F. Wachtel & D. Hauth)  ; 1 male paratype ( ZSMA20190296), 22.ix.–10.x.2017 (S. Friedrich, F. Wachtel, D. Hauth & T. Lehmann)  ; 1 female paratype (MHNG-ARTO-18642), 22.ix.–10.x.2017 (E.-G. Burmeister); 2 male and 3 female paratypes ( MNRJ 6033–036View Materials, ZSMA20190297), 21.iv.– 04.v.2018 (E. Diller)  ; 7 male and 11 female paratypes ( ZSMA20190291–293 /298–304, MUSM 0513701–705 /708– 710), 24.viii.–06.ix.2018 (E. Diller). All specimens were collected at night on the ground in primary evergreen lowland rainforest  .

Diagnosis. Dorsal scutum sturdy (average ratio length/width ca. 1.18 in females, ca. 1.21 in males), β-type (normal β) ( Kury et al. 2007) and not βL-type (elongate β) ( Kury & Medrano 2016) ( Fig. 2 AView FIGURE 2). Equuleus butterflyshaped with discrete feet and arms, and elongated, slim horns ( Figs. 1 AView FIGURE 1; 2 A, CView FIGURE 2; 3View FIGURE 3); two whitish blots on minute tubercles at posterior margin of scutal area III (in some specimens two smaller additional blots beside) ( Figs. 1 AView FIGURE 1; 2 A, CView FIGURE 2). Groin warts ( Kury & Barros 2014) on dorso-proximal part of coxa IV ( Fig. 2 A, BView FIGURE 2), coxa IV with dorsal triangular apophysis ( Fig. 2 FView FIGURE 2). Leg IV of male: femur IV gently curved with comb of five to six curved apophyses on distal-prolateral side; patella IV with coarse granules and one single apophysis proximal-retrolateral; tibia IV unarmed, covered with granules ( Figs. 2 E, FView FIGURE 2; 5View FIGURE 5).

Distribution. Only known from the type locality ( Fig. 1 BView FIGURE 1). This extends the distribution range of the genus Taito  to the south-west. So far, the genus was known from the Upper Amazon Basin up the eastern slope of the Andes. Now, the distribution reaches to a territory west of the Ucayali River, into the Pachitea Basin, which is located between the eastern slopes of the Andes and the Sira Mountains ( Fig. 1 BView FIGURE 1).

Description. Male holotype (MUSM 0513700)

Color (in ethanol) ( Fig. 2View FIGURE 2). Body medium brown, densely covered with small, lighter orange-brown islands. Appendages also showing this pattern, but a little bit lighter. Equuleus on dorsal scutum and interrupted stripe on coda nearly white. Shape of equuleus very consistent ( Fig.3View FIGURE 3).

Measurements. CL = 2.3, CW = 3.6, AL = 4.2, AW = 5.7; legs I to IV: Table 2.

Dorsum ( Figs. 2 A, DView FIGURE 2; 4 FView FIGURE 4). Dorsal scutum sturdy (ratio ca. 1.19), maximum width at scutal area III, thickened laterals with granulate surface; two minute tubercles on area III. Posterior margin of scutum sub-straight in dorsal view. Posterior margin of free tergite I also sub-straight, that of free tergite II weekly convex, and of free tergite III strongly convex ( Fig. 2 AView FIGURE 2). All free tergites with a row of transverse granules. Anal operculum unarmed, with two dorso-lateral indentations, covered with granules ( Figs. 2 DView FIGURE 2; 4 FView FIGURE 4).

Venter ( Figs. 2 BView FIGURE 2; 4 FView FIGURE 4). Coxae I–II nearly transverse, parallel and sub-equal in size. Coxa III larger. Coxa IV much stronger and slanted backwards. Anterior part of genital operculum elliptical, posterior margin truncated. Stigmatic area y-shaped with large elliptical stigmata. Stigmatic area deeply concave relative to the greatly bulging coxa IV. Free sternites I–VI strongly concave, with a dense row of granules.

Chelicerae ( Fig. 4 EView FIGURE 4). Basichelicerite with an ectal row of six tubercles; three anterior tubercles large and connected, and a posterior row of 12 granulate tubercles with nearly equal size. One single large and rounded anteromesal process.

Pedipalps ( Fig. 4View FIGURE 4 A–D). Trochanter with a single ventral spine. Femur with dorsal proximal keel with two anterior teeth, ventral row of 17 teeth, the middle one largest. Tibia with an apophysis at distal end, near tarsus.

Legs ( Figs. 2 E, FView FIGURE 2; 5View FIGURE 5). Legs I–III granulous and unarmed. Femur IV gently curved both laterally and dorsoventrally, finely granulous; it is armed with a prolateral comb of six posteriorly curved spine-shaped apophyses, at distal end. Patella IV covered with coarse granulation and armed with a single retrolateral apophysis at the proximal end. Tibia IV unarmed with granulous surface. Tarsal count: 6–6/14–14/7–7/9–9. Measurements of leg segments provided in Table 2.

Male genitalia ( Figs. 6View FIGURE 6 A–C; 7 A–H). Penis: slender trunk with distal bulge. Dorsal process of glans thumb-like and smooth. Glans sac with cellulite texture. Stylus covered with spiny tubercles on its ventral border. Ventral plate with macrosetae C1 and C2 large, curved and spatulate. D1 short and straight, or large and curved in a paratype (see Discussion). D2 reduced. Only one pair of macrosetae A and B. A small and straight, B reduced, E1 and E2 reduced. Microsetae (ms) on ventral plate with a wide central gap and made up of type 4 ms distally, which gradually become type 1 ms proximally.

Comparisons. In several Taito  species, femur IV is armed with a row/comb of a few distal spines; in T. medinae  , there are eight spines, while in T. spaceinvaders  , T. osmari  , T. insperatus  , and T. oblongatus  there are seven spines. Only in T. adrik  sp. nov. the number of distal spines is six ( Fig. 2 E, FView FIGURE 2; 5View FIGURE 5). Generally, the armature of leg IV in T. adrik  sp. nov. is similar to two closely related species, T. insperatus  and T. oblongatus  . However, these species differ in having dorsal scutum elongated, while it is sturdy in T. adrik  sp. nov., a feature only shared with T. serriperna  and T. kawaiikei  . These species in turn are easily separated from T. adrik  sp. nov. especially by the armature of leg IV (apophyses on coxa, femur, and patella). With respect to coxa IV, in T. adrik  sp. nov. it has a single small apophysis ( Fig. 2 A, FView FIGURE 2), just like in T. insperatus  , T. kakera  , T. medinae  , T. oblongatus  , T. osmari  , T. rorschachi  , and T. spaceinvaders  ; in contrast, T. galaga  and T. honda  have a single large apophysis, and T. juruensis  , T. kawaiikei  , and T. serriperna  have a double apophysis. Patella IV is unarmed in most species; in a few species, this article is covered with acuminate/setiferous tubercles ( T. galaga  , T. kakera  , T. osmari  , and T. rorschachi  ). T. adrik  sp. nov. is the only species with a single retrolateral conspicuous apophysis ( Fig. 2 E, FView FIGURE 2; 5View FIGURE 5). T. galaga  and T. rorschachi  are the only species that share a butterfly-shaped equuleus with the new species. In T. adrik  sp. nov. the design of the butterfly is most similar to T. galaga  , but only in the new species the equuleus has elongated, slim horns reaching the ocularium ( Fig. 1 AView FIGURE 1; 2 A, CView FIGURE 2; 3View FIGURE 3). Moreover, T. adrik  sp. nov. differs from T. galaga  and T. rorschachi  in several other features (scutal area III, anal operculum, and armature of leg IV). In the genus Taito  , scutal area III has either high spines ( T. galaga  and T. honda  ) or small granules/minute tubercles (all other species, including T. adrik  sp. nov., Fig. 2 A, C, DView FIGURE 2). Finally, the dorsal anal operculum is either unarmed ( T. adrik  sp. nov., Fig. 2 DView FIGURE 2; 4 FView FIGURE 4), as well as T. kakera  , T. honda  , T. insperatus  , T. oblongatus  , T. kawaiikei  , T. juruensis  , and T. serriperna  ), or armed with a median spine, a blunt protuberance or a crown of tubercles ( T. spaceinvaders  , T. galaga  , T. honda  , T. medinae  , T. osmari  , T. rorschachi  , and T. spaceinvaders  ); however, only in T. adrik  sp. nov. the anal operculum has two dorso-lateral indentations, which can be seen with the SEM and were not described in all other Taito  species so far.

The new species can be inserted in the key of Kury & Barros (2014:20), at the dichotomy 7(2) (then adjusting the numbering of dichotomies by changing the former 7(2) to 8(7), and so on), as follows:

7(2) Equuleus butterfly-shaped with elongated, slim horns ( Fig. 2 AView FIGURE 2, 3View FIGURE 3 aa–bs); femur IV armed with a comb of 6 distal spines ( Fig 2 E, FView FIGURE 2; 5View FIGURE 5); patella IV armed with a single retrolateral conspicuous apophysis ( Fig 2 E, FView FIGURE 2; 5View FIGURE 5)............ Taito adrik  sp. nov. Equuleus H- or easel-shaped; femur IV with a comb of 7 or 8 distal spines; patella IV unarmed....................... 8

COI barcoding. Specimen data and DNA sequences of the studied species are available from BOLD ( Ratnasingham & Hebert 2007). The genetic divergences between the six sequenced specimens (holotype and five paratypes) range between 0.0%, and 2.0% (average 0.8%, see Table 1). A search in BOLD revealed specimens of the cosmetids Cynorta  sp. (86.49% similarity), Vonones  sp. (85.71% similarity), and Paravonones  sp. (85.65% similarity) as the closest matches.


Tavera, Department of Geology and Geophysics