Porrhoclubiona laudata (O. Pickard-Cambridge 1885)

Marusik, Yuri M. & Omelko, Mikhail M., 2018, A survey of the Porrhoclubiona Lohmander, 1944 from Central Asia (Araneae, Clubiondae), ZooKeys 802, pp. 19-38: 23-25

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Porrhoclubiona laudata (O. Pickard-Cambridge 1885)

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Porrhoclubiona laudata (O. Pickard-Cambridge 1885)  comb. n. Figs 1b, 6 a–c, 10c

Clubiona laudata  O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1885: 23, pl. 2, f. 16 (♂♀).

Clubiona genevensis  : Zhou et al. 1983: 157, f. 8 a–d (♂♀); Hu and Wu 1989: 305, f. 244.1-4 (♂♀); Zhang and Hu 1989: 58, f. 6, 21 (♂♀); Song et al. 1999: 416, f. 245R-S, 248 L–M (♂♀); Hu 2001: 287, f. 166.1-4 (♂♀) (all misidentifications).

Material examined.

Lectotype ♂ (designated here) and paralectotype ♂ ( OUMNH) with a label "B[ottle] 381, v[ial] 1", label reads "Road from Yarkand to Bursi, May 28th to June 17th, 1874".


All species described by O. Pickard-Cambridge (1885) based on materials from the Second Yarkand Mission are lacking labels with species names or geographical localities. The WSC (2018) indicates that the species was described based on the male only, although Pickard-Cambridge (1885: 24) also described a female. The species distribution is indicated as China (Yarkand), although Pickard-Cambridge (1885) mentioned the species was described based on specimens collected on the road from Yarkand (lying in SW Xinjiang, China) to Bursi (lying in the Leh District of the Jammu and Kashmir, India).


Porrhoclubiona laudata  differs from P. leucaspis  by the conical tibial apophysis (vs. broad and rounded at the tip, Figs 4i, 6e) and thinner basal part of the embolus. Tibetan species differ from other species occurring in Central Asia by the large palp (cf. Figs 10 b–d).


Male (lectotype). Carapace 2.11 long, 1.41 wide. Abdomen 1.98 long, 1.29 wide. Total length 4.10. Carapace brown, darker in head area, fovea dark-brown, thin.

Labium, maxillae, chelicerae, and sternum yellowish. Chelicerae with 2 promarginal teeth.

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Leg spination

Abdomen without distinct pattern.

Palp as in Figs 6 a–c, 10c. Tibial apophysis gradually tapering, subconical; anterior margin of cymbium broad; base of embolus (Be) equal to ½ of tegular length, basal part of embolus (Eb) as long as approx. 2/3 of the base.

Female. Lacking among type series. Pickard-Cambridge (1885) described it as: "The female is rather larger, but resembles the male in colours and markings, except that the abdomen is less marked and streaked with rusty red; the form of the genital aperture, which is quite small, is characteristic". Description of C. genevensis  from Western China seems to refer to this species. Epigyne as long as wide.


Exact type locality is unknown and in either in southwestern Xinjiang (China) or in adjacent Northeastern Jammu and Kashmir (India). It seems that all records of C. genevensis  from China (Xinjiang and Tibet) refer to this species.