Lapsias tequendama, Muñoz-Charry & Galvis & Martínez, 2022

Muñoz-Charry, Valentina, Galvis, William & Martínez, Leonel, 2022, Jumping spiders of the tribe Lapsiini Maddison (Salticidae: Spartaeinae) from Colombia: new species and records, Zootaxa 5129 (3), pp. 356-373 : 363

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Lapsias tequendama

sp. nov.

Lapsias tequendama   sp. nov.

Figs 20–26 View FIGURES 20–26 , 57 View FIGURE 57

Type material. Holotype: ♂ from El Refugio , Parque Natural Chicaque, San Antonio de Tequendama, Cundinamarca, Colombia, 2320 m, 4.61499°N, 74.31194°W, 15–17.X.2016, V. Muñoz-Charry & W. Galvis (ICN-Ar 8268) GoogleMaps   . Paratype: 1♂, the same locality data as holotype, 2350 m, Estudiantes Curso Arañas Universidad Nacional de Colombia & Estudiantes LAM-UN (ICN-Ar 8277) GoogleMaps   .

Etymology. The specific epithet comes from the type locality, near the Tequendama waterfall, one of the most important sacred places in the Muisca civilization, a Chibcha-speaking indigenous people who inhabit the central highlands of the eastern Andes in Colombia. To be treated as an arbitrary combination of letters, and hence without the need to agree in gender with the genus.

Diagnosis. Males of L. tequendama   sp. nov. can be recognized from those of the remaining species in the genus by their longer and stronger embolus (e), with several bumps/apophyses on it, a long median apophysis (ma), a prolateral long and pointed accessory tegular apophysis (pTa) and the retrolateral tibial apophysis (RTA) curved and projected outward ( Figs 21–26 View FIGURES 20–26 ).

Description. Male (holotype). Total length: 5.40. Carapace brown with a medial yellow arrow-shaped mark and two yellow posterolateral lines, 2.52 long, 1.95 wide, 1.58 high ( Fig. 20 View FIGURES 20–26 ). OC brown-reddish with eyes on black marks, 1.13 long. Anterior eye row 1.73 wide and posterior 1.73 wide. Sternum yellowish, 1.08 long, 0.94 wide. Labium yellowish, 0.48 long, 0.41 wide. Chelicerae brown, with two retromarginal and three promarginal teeth. Palp brown-yellowish, with thick embolus (e) that emerge wide in base and has several irregularities along accompanying by a knife-like accessory tegular apophysis (pTa), hook-like median apophysis (ma) surrounded by membranous tissue, the retrolateral tibial apophysis (RTA) curved and projected ventral ( Figs 21–26 View FIGURES 20–26 ). Leg formula: 4132, all yellow with black marks. Leg macrosetae: femur, I p 1 di, d 1 di; II–IV p 1 di, d 2 di; patella, I–II p 1 me; III– IV p 1 me, r 1 me; tibia, I v 2–2–2, p 1–0–1; II v 1–2–2, p 1–0–1; III v 2–0–2, p 1–0–1, r 1–0–1; IV v 1–0–2, p 1–0–1, r 1–0–1; metatarsus, I v 2–2, p 1–1; II v 2–2, p 1–1, r 1 –1; III–IV v 1–1–1, p 1–1–2, r 1–1–2. Abdomen light yellow with an anteromedial dark brown spot and posteromedial chevron marks ( Fig. 20 View FIGURES 20–26 ).

Variation. (n= 2 males) Total length 5.36–5.40. Carapace length 2.52–2.53.

Female. Unknown.

Distribution and Comments. Known only from its type locality in the Colombian Andes ( Fig. 57 View FIGURE 57 ). The type specimens were collected beating a rotten trunk and manually in the night over low vegetation in a high-Andean secondary moist forest.


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