Otiothops doctorstrange

Cala-Riquelme, Franklyn, Quijano-Cuervo, Luis, Sabogal-González, Alexander & Agnarsson, Ingi, 2018, New species of Otiothopinae (Araneae: Palpimanidae) from Colombia, Zootaxa 4442 (3), pp. 413-426: 416-419

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Otiothops doctorstrange

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Otiothops doctorstrange  sp. n. Cala-Riquelme & Quijano-Cuervo, 2018

( Figs 14–17 View Figure )

Type material. Male holotype from Reserva ‘ La Flecha’, San Jacinto, Bolivar, Colombia, 9.8498556°N, 75.1668972°W, 10 September 2015, dry forest leaf litter, L. Quijano (ICN-Ar10655)GoogleMaps  . Paratypes: 1 male, Isla Barú , Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia, 10 October 2006, dry forest leaf litter, C. Pardo (ICN-Ar10691)  ; 1 male, Reserva Primates , Colosó, Sucre, Colombia, 10.216111°N, 75.6002778°W 1 October 2016, dry forest leaf litter, E. Villarreal (ICN-Ar10691).GoogleMaps 

Other material examined. COLOMBIA: Bolivar: 1 subadult female and 1 juvenile, same data as holotype (ICN-Ar10656).

Diagnosis. Males of Otiothops doctorstrange  sp. n. resemble those of O. kochalkai  ( Fig. 18 View Figure ; see also Platnick 1978, fig. 1), but can be distinguished by the shape of the cymbium, which is without a prolaterally bent tip, and by the shape of the embolus, which has a trajectory close to the bulb and a curved tip ( Fig. 17 View Figure ). Females are unknown.

Etymology. The specific epithet is a noun in apposition referring to the Marvel comics “Doctor Strange” created by artist Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee in 1963.

Description. Male (holotype, ICN-Ar10655): Total length 3.85. Carapace: 1.8 long; 1.25 wide (at leg II), 0.95 high (at leg II). Leg I: femur 1.13 long, 0.58 wide. Abdomen: 1.95 long, 1.5 wide, scute 0.63 long. Posterior median eyes contiguous. Palp: femur 0.48 long, 0.1 wide; patella 0.15 long, 0.18 wide; tibia 0.28 long, 0.28 wide; cymbium 0.55 long; embolus 0.52 long. Sclerotized portions of body dark orange; abdominal scute and unsclerotized portion of dorsal abdomen orange-brown. Palpal femur not thickened; tibia as long as wide; embolus almost as long as cymbium and 2.0 x longer than bulb, strongly curved in the apical third (figs. 15-17).

Distribution. Known from the type locality at San Jacinto (Bolivar), and Isla Barú (Bolivar) and Colosó (Sucre), Colombia.

Natural history. The holotype and paratypes was found in leaf litter in tropical dry forest.