Pseudopoda medogensis Zhao & Li

Jiang, Tongyao, Zhao, Qingyuan & Li, Shuqiang, 2018, Sixteen new species of the genus Pseudopoda Jaeger, 2000 from China, Myanmar, and Thailand (Sparassidae, Heteropodinae), ZooKeys 791, pp. 107-161: 120-121

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Pseudopoda medogensis Zhao & Li

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Pseudopoda medogensis Zhao & Li  sp. n. Figs 14, 15, 37

Type material.

Holotype ♂: China, Tibet Autonomous Region, Nyingchi Prefecture, Medog County, 8 km of the road of Beibeng to Gelin, 29°14.660'N, 95°11.442'E, 1235 m, 11 VIII 2017, M. Xu.


The specific name refers to the type locality; adjective.


Median-sized Pseudopoda  species. Male resembles P. obtusa  Jäger & Vedel, 2007 (see Jäger and Vedel 2007: 25, figs 91-96) by: embolus broadened at its median part, distal part narrow and curved with embolic projection emerging prolaterally (Figure 15A, B). It can be distinguished from the latter by the following combination of characters: 1. RTA simple and pointed (Figure 14 A–C; RTA with humps and blunt apices in P. obtusa  ); 2.distal part of embolus longer, bending more intensely than in P. obtusa  (Figure 15A, B); 3. two embolic projections on the prolateral margin of distal embolus, the proximal one translucent (Figure 15A; only one on the same margin in P. obtusa  ).


Male (holotype). Body length 10.4, DS length 5.1, DS width 4.7, OS length 5.3, OS width 3.2. Eyes: AME 0.25, ALE 0.40, PME 0.22, PLE 0.35, AME-AME 0.19, AME-ALE 0.06, PME-PME 0.28, PME-PLE 0.40, AME-PME 0.40, ALE-PLE 0.40, CH AME 0.39, CH ALE 0.33. Leg formula: II-I-IV-III. Spination: palp 131, 101, 2100; legs: femur I-III 323, IV 322; patella I-IV 101; tibia I 2126, II 3236, III-IV 2226; metatarsus I-II 1014, III 2025, IV 3037. Measurements of palp and legs: palp 8.6 (3.1, 1.3, 1.6, -, 2.6), leg I 28.2 (7.8, 2.8, 8.0, 7.2, 2.4), leg II 30.8 (8.2, 3.1, 8.8, 8.0, 2.7), leg III 23.9 (6.8, 2.5, 6.7, 6.0, 1.9), leg IV 26.0 (7.3, 2.5, 6.9, 7.0, 2.3). Promargin of chelicerae with three teeth, retromargin with four teeth. Cheliceral furrow with ca. 35 denticles.

Palp as in diagnosis. Cymbium slender. RTA almost straight, arising mesially from tibia (Figure 14 A–C). Sperm duct running submarginally retrolaterally in tegulum. Embolus arising from tegulum at 10 to 11 o’clock position with its basal part broadened. Distal part of embolus curved intensely, with its tip pointing at the base of embolus. Conductor arising from tegulum at 11 o’clock position (Figure 15A, B).

Coloration in ethanol: carapace bright brown. Radial furrows and fovea darker. Dorsal opisthosoma dark brown with black pattern. Legs bright brown, with dark brown patches (Figure 15C, D).

Female. Unknown.


Known only from the type locality.