Zodarion deccanensis ( Tikader & Malhotra, 1976 ), Sankaran & Caleb & Sebastian, 2019

Sankaran, Pradeep M., Caleb, John T. D. & Sebastian, Pothalil A., 2019, Transfer of the Indian species formerly included in the genus Lutica Marx, 1891 to Tropizodium Jocqué & Churchill, 2005 and Zodarion Walckenaer, 1826 (Araneae Zodariidae), Zootaxa 4658 (1), pp. 168-174: 173-174

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4658.1.8

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:2A748EF1-ECAF-4966-B882-6EF3B4CD56B0

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03AEB323-A664-8B52-FF4F-FEF6E650C7B4

treatment provided by

Plazi

scientific name

Zodarion deccanensis ( Tikader & Malhotra, 1976 )
status

comb. nov.

Zodarion deccanensis ( Tikader & Malhotra, 1976)   comb. nov.

( Fig. 4 View FIGURE 4 A–H)

Lutica deccanensis Tikader & Malhotra, 1976: 794   , figs 1–5 (Description and illustrations of male and female). Tikader, 1981: 139, figs 1–2 (Illustrations of female).

Type material. Holotype female from INDIA: Maharashtra: Pune (=Poona): Gokhale Nagar: Vetal Hill (18°31’31.76’’N, 73°48’55.38’’E), 705 m alt.; M.S. Malhotra leg.; 21 July 1974; repository NZC-ZSI, Kolkata (no register number), examined GoogleMaps   . Allotype (1 male, no register number) with same data as holotype, examined GoogleMaps   .

Type material status. The ZSI collection has three glass bottles for this species. The first bottle, labelled as ‘holotype’, contains one female specimen with broken legs. The second bottle, labelled as ‘allotype’, contains one highly bleached male. The third bottle, labelled as ‘internal genitalia of L. deccanensis   ’, contains the dissected genitalia of the holotype.

Justification of transfer. Tikader and Malhotra (1976) described this species based on one female and one male specimens collected in Maharashtra. Detailed examination of the holotype ( Fig. 4A View FIGURE 4 , C–D) and the allotype ( Fig. 4B, E View FIGURE 4 ) indicates that this species deviates from the diagnostic features of Tropizodium   species. The shape of the female prosoma ( Fig. 4A View FIGURE 4 ), shape and orientation of the embolus ( Fig. 4E View FIGURE 4 ), shape of the epigyne ( Fig. 4C View FIGURE 4 ) and shape and orientation of the vulva ( Fig. 4D View FIGURE 4 ) show close similarity with the species of Zodarion Walckenaer, 1826   . Based on these observations, we propose to transfer L. deccanensis   to Zodarion   .

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Arachnida

Order

Araneae

Family

Zodariidae

Genus

Zodarion

Loc

Zodarion deccanensis ( Tikader & Malhotra, 1976 )

Sankaran, Pradeep M., Caleb, John T. D. & Sebastian, Pothalil A. 2019
2019
Loc

Lutica deccanensis

Tikader, B. K. 1981: 139
Tikader, B. K. & Malhotra, M. S. 1976: 794
1976