Draculoides claudiae Abrams and Harvey, 2020

Abrams, Kym M., Huey, Joel A., Hillyer, Mia J., Didham, Raphael K. & Harvey, Mark S., 2020, A systematic revision of Draculoides (Schizomida: Hubbardiidae) of the Pilbara, Western Australia, Part I: the Western Pilbara, Zootaxa 4864 (1), pp. 1-75 : 41-43

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Draculoides claudiae Abrams and Harvey
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Draculoides claudiae Abrams and Harvey   , n. sp.

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Draculoides SCH   060: Abrams et al. 2019 MPE 106532: 8, fig. 2. Material examined. Holotype juvenile. AUSTRALIA: Western Australia: Middle Robe, Robe Valley   GoogleMaps , ca. 29 km ESE. of Pannawonica   GoogleMaps , 21°41’30.81”S, 116°30’51.11”E, 06 June–08 August 2015, troglofauna trap, J. Alexander (Biota Environmental Sciences, DD 14MRR0009-20150808- T2-02 ) ( WAM T138490 ) (DNA: COI, ITS2 ).

Other material. AUSTRALIA: Western Australia: 1 juvenile, Robe Valley, ca. 20 km ESE. of Pannawonica , 21°41’19.34”S, 116°30’33.78”E, 06 June–08 August 2015, troglofauna trap, J. Alexander ( WAM T138487 ) (DNA: COI, 18S, ITS2 ) GoogleMaps   ; 1 juvenile, Robe Valley, ca. 20 km ESE. of Pannawonica , 21°41’19.34”S, 116°30’33.78”E, 06 June–08 August 2015, troglofauna trap, J. Alexander ( WAM T138488 ) GoogleMaps   ; 1 juvenile, Robe Valley, ca. 29 km ESE. of Pannawonica , 21°41’30.81”S, 116°30’51.11”E, 06 June–08 August 2015, troglofauna trap, J. Alexander ( WAM T138490 ) GoogleMaps   ; 1 juvenile, Robe Valley, ca. 20 km ESE. of Pannawonica , 21°41’26.03”S, 116°30’40.86”E, 06 August–02 October 2015, troglofauna trap, J. Alexander ( WAM T138549 ) GoogleMaps   ; 1 juvenile, Robe Valley, ca. 29 km ESE. of Pannawonica , 21°41’30.81”S, 116°30’51.11”E, 06 August–02 October 2015, troglofauna trap, J. Alexander ( WAM T138550 ) GoogleMaps   ; 1 juvenile, Robe Valley, ca. 29 km ESE. of Pannawonica , 21°41’30.81”S, 116°30’51.11”E, 06 August– 02 October 2015, troglofauna trap, J. Alexander ( WAM T138551 ) GoogleMaps   (DNA: COI, 18S, ITS 2, 28S)   .

Diagnosis. Adults of Draculoides claudiae   are unknown, but specimens of D. claudiae   can be diagnosed from all other Draculoides   species that were sequenced at COI by the 50bp mini-barcode shown in Figure 3 View FIGURE 3 . Draculoides claudiae   can be diagnosed from all other Draculoides   species that were sequenced at ITS2 ( Fig. 7 View FIGURE 7 ) except for D. nosferatu   , D. carmillae   and D. mesozeirus   , which are not distinguishable using the ITS2 mini-barcode.

Description (juvenile). Colour. Pale yellow brown. Cephalothorax. Propeltidium with 2+1 apical setae in a triangular formation on anterior process and 2 + 2 + 2 setae; eye spots absent. Mesopeltidia separated. Metapeltidium divided. Anterior sternum with 14 setae (including 2 sternapophysial setae); posterior sternum triangular with 6 setae.

Chelicera. Fixed finger with 2 large teeth plus 4 smaller teeth between these; membranous area between fixed and movable fingers with 3 large, lanceolate, terminally pilose setae (G1); G2 composed of 5 setae; G3 composed of 4 setae; internal face of chelicera with 3 short whip-like setae (G4); brush at base of fixed finger composed of 7 setae (G5A), each densely pilose in distal half and G5B composed of 9 setae; G6 with one seta; G7 composed of 4 setae. Movable finger serrula composed of 12 long lamellae, blunt guard tooth present subdistally; 1 accessory tooth present at two-thirds from base of serrula.

Pedipalp. Without apophyses; trochanter with sharply produced ventro-distal extension, ventral margin with ca. 8 stout setae, without mesal spur; tarsus and tibia without spines; tarsal spur present; claw 0.45 × length of tarsus.

Legs. Tarsus I with 6 tarsomeres; baso-dorsal margin of femur IV produced at about a 90° angle.

Abdomen. Chaetotaxy of tergite I: 2 macrosetae + 4 microsetae (microsetae diagonal), tergite II: 2 macrosetae + 6 microsetae (microsetae in column), tergites III–IX: 2: 2: 2: 2: 2: 2: 4.

Flagellum. 2.8 × longer than broad ( Figs. 20 View FIGURE 20 D–F, 21A–C) with pointed tip; seta dm1 situated dorso-medially, slightly closer to anterior margin, posterior to vm2; seta dm4 situated between dl1 and dl3 but closer to dl3; dl1 small, slightly anterior to vl1; dl3 close to posterior margin; vm2 situated anterior to vm1; vm5 situated approximately midway between vl2 and vl1; at least one pair of microsetae anterior to vl2 and 1 pair on the same level as vm2.

Dimensions (mm). Holotype juvenile (WAM T138490): Body length 3.61. Propeltidium 1.12/0.54. Chelicera 0.51. Flagellum 0.27/0.10. Pedipalp: trochanter 0.46, femur 0.38, patella 0.38, tibia 0.38, tarsus 0.19, claw 0.09, total excluding claw 1.81.

Remarks. Draculoides claudiae   has only been collected from one of the ‘Middle Robe’ mesas, Western Australia ( Fig. 1D View FIGURE 1 ). The molecular analysis recovers D. claudiae   as the sister species to the clade D. carmillae   + D. mesozeirus   ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 ). All of the taxa in this clade form a monophyletic clade that is sister to the species from the other Robe Valley mesas ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 ).

Other names. WAM SCH060 ( Abrams et al., 2019).

Etymology. The specific epithet refers to Claudia, a child vampire fictional character in Anne Rice’s book “Interview with the vampire.”

WAM

Western Australian Museum

COI

University of Coimbra Botany Department