Nops jaragua,

Sánchez-Ruiz, Alexander & Brescovit, Antonio D., 2018, A revision of the Neotropical spider genus Nops MacLeay (Araneae: Caponiidae) with the first phylogenetic hypothesis for the Nopinae genera, Zootaxa 4427 (1), pp. 1-121: 45-47

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Nops jaragua

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Nops jaragua  , new species

Figures 26A ‒FView FIGURE 26; 27A ‒I

Types. Male holotype from El Cajuil , course between Oviedo and La Laguna (17°48′02.016″N, 71°21′51.602″W), Jaragua National Park, Oviedo, Pedernales, Dominican Republic, 6.ii.2002, G. Alayόn, deposited in IBSP 166762View MaterialsGoogleMaps  . Female paratype from El Cajuil (17°48′9.479″N, 71°21′46.634″W), Jaragua National Park, Oviedo, Pedernales, Dominican Republic, 19.v.1999, I. Arias & H. Andujar, deposited in IBSP 166763View MaterialsGoogleMaps  . Female paratype, same data, deposited in IBSP 166764View MaterialsGoogleMaps  .

Additional material examined. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Pedernales: Road Oviedo  Pedernales, Km. 18, Jaragua National Park, Oviedo (17°55′10″N, 71°33′24″W), 1.ii.2005, under stones, A. Sánchez ‒ Ruiz, 1♀ immature ( BSC 547View Materials)GoogleMaps  . Laguna de Oviedo, Jaragua National Park (17°47′12″N, 71°21′34″W), 2 0 0 4, under stones, A. Sánchez ‒ Ruiz, 1♀ ( BSC 619View Materials)GoogleMaps  . Carretera Aceitillar km. 7, Sierra de Bahoruco, 1.ii.2005, A. Sánchez ‒ Ruiz, 1♀ ( BSC 598View Materials)  . La Charca, road to Aceitillar, Sierra de Bahoruco,, A. Sánchez ‒ Ruiz, 1♀ ( BSC 616View Materials)  . Carretera Aceitillar km. 10, Sierra de Bahoruco,, A. Sánchez ‒ Ruiz, under stones, 1♀ ( BSC 516View Materials)  . South end of Laguna de Oviedo, Oviedo (17°44′29″N, 71°22′50″W), 10.xii.1982, R.E. Woodruff, 1♂ (leg IV and palp for SEM) 1♀ ( FSCA). Mencia , 29.iii.2006, A. Sánchez ‒ Ruiz, under stones, 1♀ ( BSC 515View Materials)GoogleMaps  . 4 Km N Oviedo, 28.xi ‒4.xii.1991, intercept traps, L. Masner & S. Peck , 1♀ (genitalia for SEM) ( AMNH). 

Etymology. The specific name is a noun in apposition, derived from the type locality.

Diagnosis. Males resemble similar congener Nops hispaniola  ( Fig. 24B ‒CView FIGURE 24) by having a short and curved embolus; but can be distinguished by having a differentiated texture on the surface of the median part, formed by several folds and lacking sclerotized margin ( Fig. 27E ‒FView FIGURE 27). Females with straight receptaculum, without invagination and uterus externus with wide base ( Fig. 27A ‒CView FIGURE 27). Males and females also can be distinguished by the unpaired claws elongated and dorsally reflexed on posterior legs ( Fig. 27IView FIGURE 27).

Description. Male (holotype): Carapace yellowish orange. Chelicerae, labium, coxae and legs yellow. Endites and sternum yellowish orange ( Fig. 26AView FIGURE 26). Abdomen light gray, dorsal pattern as in figure 6I but almost unnoticeable, lighter ventrally. Anal tubercle and spinnerets light gray. Total length 8.8. Carapace 5.13 long, 3.08 wide. Sternum 3.2 long, 3.0 wide. Leg measurements: I: 3.7; II: 3.65; III: 3.2; IV: 3.95. Posterior unpaired claws elongated and dorsally reflexed. PLS same size as PMS. Palp with embolus shorter than palpal tibia, curved, with a differentiated texture on median part ( Fig. 26BView FIGURE 26); narrow embolar tip ( Fig. 26B ‒CView FIGURE 26), with two ventral short extensions ( Fig. 27E ‒FView FIGURE 27),

Female (paratype): Carapace pale yellow. Chelicerae, labium, coxae, legs, endites and sternum as in male. Abdomen as in male ( Fig. 26DView FIGURE 26). Anal tubercle and spinnerets whitish yellow. Total length 8.9. Carapace 5.3 long, 3.3 wide. Sternum 3.7 long, 3.2 wide. Leg measurements: I: 3.8; II: 3.75; III: 3.3; IV: 4.05. Posterior unpaired claws and PLS as in male. External genital area with weakly sclerotized anterior plate, strongly sclerotized lep and remarkable ess ( Fig. 26EView FIGURE 26). Internal genitalia with receptaculum without invagination and uterus externus with wide base ( Figs 26FView FIGURE 26; 27A ‒C).

Natural history. Known specimens were collected under stones, in a semi ‒desert savannah habitat from Jaragua National Park.

Distribution. Known from localities in Jaragua National Park, Dominican Republic ( Fig. 19AView FIGURE 19).


Florida State Collection of Arthropods, The Museum of Entomology


American Museum of Natural History


Prirodonamen Muzej Skopje