Pseudopoda xia 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: 133-136

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Pseudopoda xia Zhao & Li

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Pseudopoda xia Zhao & Li  sp. n. Figs 31, 32, 37

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Holotype ♂: Myanmar, Kachin State, Putao, around Ziradum Village, 27°33.465'N, 97°06.580'E, 1051 m, 8 V 2017, J. Wu & Z. Chen.


The specific name is derived from the Chinese Pinyin word ‘jimpness’ ( xiá), referring to the narrow abdomen of this species; noun in apposition.


Small-sized Pseudopoda  species. Male resembles P. brauni  Jäger, 2001 (see Jäger 2001: 44, figs 26 d–g, 27 a–d), P. trisuliensis  Jäger, 2001 (see Jäger 2001: 42, figure 28 f–j), P. prompta  (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1885) (see Jäger 2000: 63, figs 1-15) and P. confusa  Jäger, Pathoumthong & Vedel, 2006 (see Jäger et al. 2006: 220, figs 1-13, 29-32) by: embolus running near the prolateral margin of tegulum in ventral view. It can be distinguished from the four congeners by the following combination of characters: 1. RTA simple, with only one apex (Figure 31B, C; RTA with two apices in P. confusa  ); 2. tegulum with a distinct sub-triangular protrusion near the retrolateral margin (Figure 32A; absent in P. prompta  and P. confusa  ; a blunt hump present on tegulum near the basal part of embolus in P. trisuliensis  and P. brauni  ); 3. embolus with an extra rim running along the distal part of it (Figure 32B; absent or indistinct in P. prompta  and P. confusa  ).


Male (holotype). Body length 7.6, DS length 3.1, DS width 3.2, OS length 4.5, OS width 2.2. Eyes: AME 0.15, ALE 0.19, PME 0.15, PLE 0.21, AME-AME 0.12, AME-ALE 0.06, PME-PME 0.14, PME-PLE 0.25, AME-PME 0.21, ALE-PLE 0.24, CH AME 0.16, CH ALE 0.10. Leg formula: I-II-IV-III. Spination: palp 131, 101, 2101; legs: femur I-III 323, IV 322; patella I-II 101, III-IV 001; tibia I 2226, II-III 2116, IV 2126; metatarsus I 1014, II 0014, III 2024, IV 3026. Measurements of palp and legs: palp 5.8 (1.9, 0.9, 1.0, -, 2.0), leg I 28.6 (7.5, 1.8, 8.2, 8.5, 2.6), leg II 26.3 (7.5, .18, 7.0, 7.5, 2.5), leg III 19.1 (5.5, 1.3, 5.2, 5.5, 1.6), leg IV 25.5 (7.0, 2.0, 6.8, 7.5, 2.2). Promargin of chelicerae with three teeth, retromargin with four teeth. Cheliceral furrow with ca. 15 denticles.

Palp as in diagnosis. Cymbium slender, slightly elongated distally. RTA arising basally from tibia (Figure 31 A–C). Tegulum with an additional ridge emerging basally, and running distally, ending with a sub-triangular protrusion pointing at the basal part of embolus. Sperm duct running submarginally retrolaterally in tegulum, visible near the base of embolus as an S-shaped duct. Embolus arising from tegulum at 9 to 10 o’clock position. Wrinkles present below the distal part on embolus. Tip of embolus with indention. Conductor arising from tegulum at 1 to 2 o’clock position, slender, bent basally and then directed prolaterally (Figure 32A, B).

Coloration in ethanol: carapace yellow. Radial furrows and fovea black. Dorsal opisthosoma orange, with black pattern and white dots. Ventral opisthosoma with a pair of longitudinal white bands. Legs yellow to orange, with randomly distributed black dots and patches (Figure 32C, D).

Female. Unknown.


Known only from the type locality.