Kelabita Huber

Huber, Bernhard A., Eberle, Jonas & Dimitrov, Dimitar, 2018, The phylogeny of pholcid spiders: a critical evaluation of relationships suggested by molecular data (Araneae, Pholcidae), ZooKeys 789, pp. 51-101: 86

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Kelabita Huber

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Kelabita Huber  gen. n.

Pholcus andulau  group: Huber et al. 2016a: 47.

Type species.

Pholcus andulau  Huber, 2011.


Named for the Kelabit, an indigenous Dayak people of the Sarawak/North Kalimantan highlands of Borneo with a minority in the neighboring state of Brunei. Gender feminine.


Medium size, light coloured pholcids with long legs, six eyes, cylindrical abdomen ( Huber et al. 2016a: figs 193-196). Distinguished from similar species in other genera ( Meraha  , Apokayana  , Teranga  , Muruta  ) by unique, partly sclerotized embolus with strong sclerotized pointed processes ( Huber 2011a: fig. 570; Huber et al. 2016a: figs 200, 210); also by combination of: male chelicerae with pair of pointed apophyses close to median line and directed toward each other ( Huber 2011a: fig. 572; Huber et al. 2016a: fig. 202); ALS with eight spigots each ( Huber 2016 a: figs 217, 218); male palps not reddish or orange; large unsclerotized ‘knob’ on posterior edge of female external genitalia, directed toward anterior ( Huber 2011a: fig. 573; Huber et al. 2016a: figs 203, 213). In the field they can be distinguished from most other genera (except Meraha  ) by their domed webs among the vegetation (up to 2 m above the ground), usually with the apex of the dome attached to the underside of a leaf.


Northern Borneo ( Huber et al. 2016a: fig. 153).


Only two species newly transferred from Pholcus  : K. andulau  (Huber, 2011); K. lambir  (Huber, 2016).