Linyphiidae Blackwall, 1859

Slowik, Jozef & Blagoev, Gergin A., 2012, First description of the male spider Pacifiphantes magnificus (Chamberlin & Ivie) (Araneae: Linyphiidae), Zootaxa 3481, pp. 73-81: 74-80

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Linyphiidae Blackwall, 1859


Family Linyphiidae Blackwall, 1859 

Genus Pacifiphantes Eskov & Marusik, 1994 

Pacifiphantes magnificus (Chamberlin & Ivie 1943)  Bathyphantes magnificus Chamberlin & Ivie 1943  ; Ivie 1969 P. magnificus Eskov & Marusik 1994 

Type material.— Holotype female, CANADA, British Columbia, Vancouver Island, Lake Cameron [49.292 N 124.619 W, 189m el.], 13 Sept 1935, Coll: R. V. Chamberlin and W. Ivie. (not examined, the specimen was deposited in the AMNH collection but so far we have not been able to locate it).

Material examined.— CANADA: BRITISH COLUMBIA: 1 F, Terrace (54.31 N, 128.36 W) AMNH-Ivie (1969); 1 F, Inverness (54 N, 130 W) AMNH; USA: ALASKA: 1 M, Prince of Wales Island, Forest Rd. 2056100 (55.894 N, 133.071 W) UAM 100046555; 1 F, Sumez Island, Port Santa Cruz (55.253 N, 133.421 W) UAM 100046066; 1 F, Lituya Bay, N. of Echo Creek (58.709 N, 137.702 W) Burke 230 A; 3 F, Lituya Bay, N. of Echo Creek (58.714 N, 137.694 W) Burke 245; OREGON: 1 F, 5 mi E of Detroit (44.44 N, 122.05 W) AMNH-Ivie(1969); WASHINGTON: 1 F, King Co, N. slope Tiger Mtn. (47.471 N, 121.933 W) Burke 168 d; 1 F, 5 mi E. of McCleary (47.03 N, 123.1 W) AMNH-Ivie (1969);

Diagnosis.— Specimens of Pacifiphantes magnificus  can be separated from all other Pacifiphantes  species by the embolus forming a single loop, located on the prolateral axis of the palp ( Figure 1View FIGURES 1 – 7), and the copulary ducts forming a large anterior area, often appearing folded or twisted ( Figures 5 and 6View FIGURES 1 – 7).

Species Database Specimen Record Agnyphantes arboreus BOLD SPIAL 070

Agnyphantes arboreus BOLD SPIAL 195

Agnyphantes arboreus BOLD SPIAL 271

Australolinyphia remota GenBank FJ 838649View Materials

Bathyphantes brevipes  BOLD SPIAL 198

Bathyphantes brevipes  BOLD SPIAL 210

Bathyphantes brevipes  BOLD SPIAL 222

Bathyphantes brevipes  BOLD SPIAL 281

Bathyphantes brevipes  BOLD SPICH 1097 Bathyphantes brevipes  BOLD SPICH 426

Bathyphantes brevipes  BOLD SPICH 499

Bathyphantes brevipes  BOLD SPICH 796

Bathyphantes brevipes  BOLD SPICH 797

Bathyphantes brevipes  BOLD SPICH 803

Bathyphantes brevipes  BOLD SPICH 812

Bathyphantes brevis  BOLD SPICH 255

Bathyphantes brevis  BOLD SPICH 257

Bathyphantes brevis  BOLD SPICH 263

Bathyphantes brevis  BOLD SPICH 501

Bathyphantes brevis  BOLD SPICH 533

Bathyphantes brevis  BOLD SPICH 546

Bathyphantes canadensis  BOLD BBCAN 388 Bathyphantes canadensis  BOLD SPICH 292

Bathyphantes canadensis  BOLD SPICH 296

Bathyphantes gracilis GenBank  FJ 838650View Materials

Bathyphantes gracilis GenBank  FJ 899797View Materials

Bathyphantes gracilis GenBank  FJ 899798View Materials

Bathyphantes orica  BOLD SPIAL 025

Bathyphantes orica  BOLD SPIAL 037

Bathyphantes orica  BOLD SPIAL 061

Bathyphantes orica  BOLD SPIAL 073

Bathyphantes pallidus  BOLD BBCAN 109 Bathyphantes pallidus  BOLD BBCAN 189 Bathyphantes pallidus  BOLD BBCAN 245 Bathyphantes pallidus  BOLD BBCAN 738 Bathyphantes pallidus  BOLD BBCAN 753 Bathyphantes pallidus  BOLD SPICH 485

Bathyphantes pallidus  BOLD SPICH 799

Bathyphantes pallidus  BOLD SPISH 038

Bathyphantes pallidus GenBank  AY 944732View Materials

Bathyphantes  tongulensis GenBank EF 128165View Materials

Bathyphantes  tongulensis GenBank EF 128166View Materials

Diplostyla concolor  BOLD BBCAN 428 Diplostyla concolor GenBank  FJ 838651View Materials

Haplinis diloris GenBank FJ 838657View Materials

Incestophantes washingtoni BOLD SPICH 222

Incestophantes washingtoni BOLD SPICH 273

Incestophantes washingtoni BOLD SPICH 289

Incestophantes washingtoni BOLD SPICH 290

Incestophantes washingtoni BOLD SPICH 329

Incestophantes washingtoni BOLD SPICH 352

Incestophantes washingtoni BOLD SPICH 369

Incestophantes washingtoni BOLD SPICH 374

Incestophantes washingtoni BOLD SPICH 996

Continued on next page... Description.— Total body length, 3.50–3.90. Carapace low, lacking cephalothoracic sucli. Anterior median eyes smallest, less than one diameter apart, other eyes approximately equal in size. Lateral eyes adjacent, posterior median eyes less than one diameter apart. Posterior median eyes 1.5 diameters from lateral eye rows. Posterior eye row slightly recurved. Chelicerae with three prolateral and no retrolateral teeth. Leg lengths I, II, IV, III. Male leg I about seven times carapace length, female leg I about five time carapace length. TmI ~ 0.25, TmIV absent, all tibiae with two dorsal spines and no metatarsal trichobothria. Legs with distinct dusky bands.

Male (n= 1): Total length = 3.50, carapace length = 1.70, carapace width = 1.20, TmI = 0.25, TmIV absent. Chaetotaxy: F I, 0-1 -0-0; F II-IV, 0-0-0-0; Pt I-IV, 1 -0-0-0; Ti I, 2 - 1 - 1 -0, Ti II, 2 - 0-1 -0, Ti III-IV, 2 -0-0-0; Mt I- IV, 0-0-0-0. Carapace smooth, yellow. Dusky lines extending off lateral eye rows to fovea. Dark triangular patches extending anteriorly and posteriorly of all eyes. Lateral margins dusky with lines radiating from fovea for each coxa. Sternum dusky. Legs with terminal and medial dusky bands. Abdomen dark with six light chevrons and two light patches adjacent to the heart mark ( Figure 7View FIGURES 1 – 7). Venter dusky. Palp with prominent embolus originating from ventral prolateral edge, making almost a complete loop along the lateral axis, exterior of the radix/suprategular assembly ( Figure 1View FIGURES 1 – 7). Radix and suprategulum fused along entire length of radix, without tailpiece. Suprategular apophysis large, hook shaped ( Figure 1View FIGURES 1 – 7). Lamella short and wide, located medially on prolateral side of palp. Tegulum smooth with distal globular apophysis, somewhat wrinkled. Paracymbium small, cymbium with ectal rectangular expansion extending ventrally by paracymbium ( Figure 2View FIGURES 1 – 7).

Female (n= 6): Total length = 2.92–3.90, carapace length = 1.33–1.70, carapace width = 1.20–1.33, TmI = 0.24–0.26, TmIV absent. Chaetotaxy: Same as male except; F I, 1 - 1 (2)-0-0. Coloration similar as male. Pedipalp with tarsal claw. Epigynum lacking a ventral plate scape. Parmula low and wide with pit located along posterior edge, often projecting posteriorly in a "V" shape. Atrium roughly triangular ( Figures 3 and 4View FIGURES 1 – 7). Large bursal plate ( Figure 5View FIGURES 1 – 7). Copulatory opening located on lateral margin of atrium. Copulatory ducts extend laterally from atrium, ventrally of the spermathecae, and proceed anteriorly, expanding in the anterior region, then often folding as they curve medially to the spermathecae. Fertilization ducts extend posteriorly along widest lateral edge of atrium ( Figure 6View FIGURES 1 – 7).

Results of the distance analysis ( Figures 8View FIGURE 8) clearly show the monophyly of the independently collected P. magnificus  specimens in relation to other linyphiid taxa (specimens UAM 100046555 and UAM 100046066). Additionally, the low amount of genetic difference between the two P. magnificus  specimens, 0.3 %, is a indicator that these are conspecifics. The species clade sister to Diplostyla  and Porrhomma  within the general Bathyphantes  lineage, which is separate from both the Lepthyphantes  and Linyphantes  lineages. Both Bathyphantes  and Kaestneria  appear polyphyletic in the NJ analysis limiting the use of these DNA barcode results to direct the generic placement of Pacifiphantes pacificus  .

Distribution.— Known only from the Pacific Coast region of North America from Oregon north to Alaska, USA ( Figure 9View FIGURE 9).

Habitat.— It would appear from the few specimens collected, the difficulty in collecting the single male specimen, and fairly extensive collecting done along the Pacific Coast ( Mann & Gara 1980, Crawford 1988, Bennett 2001, Slowik 2006) that this is a rare species. There is nothing specific known about the preferred habitat in which this species may occur as many of the specimens are known from pitfall traps or casual collections. Based on the locations and descriptions of the specimens examined, this species occurs in closed canopy mature forests. Specimens examined were collected from shrubs along creeks, and overwinter pitfall traps.

Discussion.— This morphological examination has shown that the placement of P. magnificus  in Pacifiphantes  is likely incorrect. The generic designation for Pacifiphantes  comments that males have a "very short embolus and suprategular apophysis" ( Eskov & Marusik 1994: 49), in which specimens of P. magnificus  have a long embolus, and large hook shaped suprategular apophysis. Additionally the characters used for the female designation of Pacifiphantes  are brief and refer only to the delimited parmula ( Eskov & Marusik 1994).

Although the generic designation of Pacifiphantes  excludes P. magnificus  , clear placement based on morphological characters alone is not obvious. P. magnificus  shares many epigynal characters with Porrhomma  . specifically the shape of the atrium and the location and shape of the copulary ducts and spermathecae, for example compare Figure 6View FIGURES 1 – 7 with Eskov & Marusik 1994 figure 48 of Porrhomma longjiangensis Zhu & Wang 1983  (= P. rakanum Yaginuma & Saito 1981  ).

Although the females may show similarities to Porrhomma  , males of P. magnificus  have a morphology not typical for the genus, including a reduced radix and a longer embolus free of a terminal sheath (or embolic membrane). Ivie's (1969) hypothesis that P. magnificus  was sister to Bathyphantes approximatus  (O. Pickard- Cambridge 1871) is also questioned as the morphology of the palp, particularly the embolus and radix/ suprategulum assembly, differ significantly. Additionally, examination of the internal epigynal structures of the two species fail to support this grouping as B. approximatus  has highly coiled copulatory ducts and anteriorly placed spermathecae, more typical of the the genus Microlinyphia  (e.g., see Blauvet 1936: figs. 72 and 77). Additionally P. magnificus  lacks cephalothoracic sulci, which have been found on Porrhomma  , Bathyphantes  , and Pacifiphantes  species ( Hormiga 1999).

Thus, combined characters from the male and female morphology could be used to associate or dissociate P. magnificus  to or from many of the other genera contained in the Porrhomma  group ( Millidge 1977), or Bathyphantes  clade ( Hormiga 1999, Arnedo et al. 2009). Our DNA barcode results are insufficient to provide a generic placement for P. magnificus  . Currently relatively few species from the Bathyphantes  lineage are available for comparison. Additionally, our results find several genera polyphyletic suggesting that more data are needed to address these taxonomic problems. Given the data at hand, the placement of P. magnificus  remains elusive and we feel that at this time it is best to leave the spider in Pacifiphantes  until a more thorough analysis can be done.

Pacifiphantes magnificus  males will key out in the Spiders of North America ( Ubick et al. 2005) in the Linyphiidae  generic key to couplet 25, Poeciloneta  . However, Pacifiphanytes magnificus  lack trichobothria on the metatarsus. Continuing with the key leads to couplet 27, in which the genus differs from either Porrhomma  or Kaestneria  by the embolus forming almost a complete loop. Females are included in the key under couplet 222, Pacifiphantes  .


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Linyphiidae Blackwall, 1859

Slowik, Jozef & Blagoev, Gergin A. 2012


Eskov & Marusik 1994

P. magnificus

Eskov & Marusik 1994

Pacifiphantes magnificus

Chamberlin & Ivie 1943

Bathyphantes magnificus

Chamberlin & Ivie 1943