Pireneitega major (Kroneberg, 1875)

Zhang, Xiaoqing & Marusik, Yuri M., 2016, A survey of Pireneitega from Tajikistan (Agelenidae, Coelotinae), ZooKeys 635, pp. 89-107 : 101-102

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Pireneitega major (Kroneberg, 1875)


Pireneitega major (Kroneberg, 1875) Figs 7, 8

Coelotes major Kroneberg, 1875: 15, pl. 1, fig. 6 (♀); Charitonov, 1946: 20, fig. 5 (♀).

Paracoelotes major : Ovtchinnikov, 1988: 142 (transferred from Coelotes ).

Coelotes major : Schenkel 1936: 284, fig. 97 (♀); Hu & Wu 1989: 180, fig. 150.1‒2 (♀). Misidentification

Paracoelotes major : Song et al. 1999: 389, fig. 229Q‒R (♀). Misidentification

Material examined.

Lectotype ♀ (ZMMU) with label "Ta 3845 1♀ ZMMU [ Зоомузей МГУ]» «Lectotypus» 2/VI; Аyчи дагана [Auchi dagana] Coelotes major Kroneberg, 1875", ca 39°35'N, 69°05'E. Paralectotype: 1♀ (ZMMU) with 2 labels "Ta1059, 1, Coelotes major " «Туркестанская Учёная Экспедиция Имераторскаго Общества Любителей Естествознанiя. Федченко [Turkestan Scientific Expedition of the Emperor’s Society of Devotees of Natural Sciences. Fedchenko]" and " Coelotes major n. sp. Ta, No.1059, Кокандское ханство, Федченко [Kokand Khanate, Fedchenko]".


The figures of Pireneitega major presented by Schenkel (1936), Hu and Wu (1989), and Song et al. (1999; copied from Hu and Wu 1989) are of a species other than Pireneitega major , the identity of which is currently unknown. All records of this unknown species are from Xinjiang, China.


This species is easily distinguished from other species of Pireneitega found in Tajikistan by its larger size (carapace length>6 mm vs <4.75) and having 5 spines on tarsus IV (vs other species with 0‒4). The epigyne of Pireneitega major is most similar to that of Pireneitega muratovi sp. n. and Pireneitega ramitensis sp. n. It can be distinguished from Pireneitega muratovi sp. n. by its shorter receptacles with length/width ratio of 2.3 (vs 2.6 in Pireneitega muratovi ), shape of copulatory ducts, and shorter teeth (cf. Figs 3 A–B and 7 A–B). Pireneitega major can be separated from Pireneitega ramitensis sp. n by its wider epigynal atrium and shorter, wider receptacles as well as by its shorter and wider copulatory ducts (cf. Figs 5 A–B and 7 A–B).


Male: unknown.

Female: Lectotype. Total length 16.7. Carapace 7.0 long, 5.0 wide, fovea 1.25 long. Leg measurements: I:19.75 (5.5, 2.5, 4.6, 4.65, 2.5); II: 18.6 (5.1, 2.5, 4.0, 4.5, 2.5); III: 17.2 (4.75, 2.2, 3.55, 4.6, 2.1); IV: 21.85 (5.75, 2.3, 5.0, 6.25, 2.55).


Paralectotype ♀. Total length: 11.0. Carapace 6.0 long, 4.0 wide. Epigyne 0.51 wide.

Epigyne as in Fig. 7: epigynal teeth pale, hyaline, long and thin; septum with weakly sclerotized tip, about 0.4 times as long as wide, subtriangular; atrium as long as wide; receptacles large, about 2.5 times longer than wide; receptacle bases separated by ca. 2 diameters; copulatory ducts with 2 parts, basal part as long as receptacle, terminal part somewhat shorter receptacle.


Known from the type series females only. Exact locality is known for the lectotype only: Auchi lies on the northern macroslope of the Turkestan Mt Range (Fig. 8).