Capsulia laciniosa, Zhao, Qingyuan & Li, Shuqiang, 2014

Zhao, Qingyuan & Li, Shuqiang, 2014, A survey of linyphiid spiders from Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China (Araneae, Linyphiidae), ZooKeys 460, pp. 1-181: 9-10

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Capsulia laciniosa

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Taxon classification Animalia Araneae Linyphiidae

Capsulia laciniosa  sp. n. Figs 17, 18, 19


Holotype ♂: CHINA, Yunnan: Menglun Town: Xishuangbanna, Tropical Botanical Garden 21°53.833'N, 101°17.001'E, elevation ca 618 m, 25.11.2009, teak plantation, fogging.

Comparative material.

Capsulia tianmushana  (Chen & Song, 1987), holotype ♂: CHINA, Zhejiang: Xinmaopeng Town: Mt. Tianmushan, 30°2.400'N, 119°3.000'E, 3.04.1983.


This name is derived from the Latin word ‘laciniosus’, which means ‘indented’, referring to the jagged fringe of the anterior terminal apophysis; adjective.


This species is similar to Capsulia tianmushana  (Chen & Song, 1987) greatly, but differs by the following aspects: the edge of anterior terminal apophysis in Capsulia laciniosa  sp. n. is dentate (Fig. 18C), but smooth in Capsulia tianmushana  ; the apex of pseudolamella in Capsulia tianmushana  is broad and strongly papillate ( Saaristo et al. 2006: figs 18, 19, 21), while narrower and slightly bifurcate in Capsulia laciniosa  sp. n. (Fig. 17 A–C); the thumb of embolus in Capsulia laciniosa  sp. n. is wider, but less pointed (Fig. 17C).


Male (holotype). Total length: 1.85. Carapace 0.90 long, 0.75 wide, yellow. Sternum 0.50 long, 0.50 wide, dark green. Clypeus 0.13 high. Chelicerae promargin with 3 teeth, retromargin with no teeth. Eye sizes and interdistances: AME 0.05, ALE 0.06, PME 0.06, PLE 0.05, AME-AME/AME 0.32, PME-PME/PME 0.17, AME-ALE/ALE 0.33, PME-PLE/PLE 0.50, coxae IV separated by 1.14 times their width. Length of legs: I 3.06 (0.81, 0.25, 0.88, 0.64, 0.48), II 2.91 (0.78, 0.28, 0.76, 0.62, 0.47), III 2.51 (0.65, 0.26, 0.60, 0.60, 0.40), IV 3.33 (0.91, 0.23, 0.94, 0.79, 0.46). Leg formula: IV-I-II-III. TmI 0.25, TmIV absent. Tibial spine formula: 2-2-2-2. Abdomen dark green, with pale transversal stripes. Palp: tibia with two retrolateral trichobothria and one prominent ventral outgrowth equipped with three long setae at tip (Figs 17B, 18B); cymbium with a pointed outgrowth (Figs 17 A–B, 19 A–B); paracymbium broad at base, ‘V’ -shaped, with one folded and slightly bifurcate tip (Figs 17B, 18B); protegulum somewhat triangular; pit hook short and pointed (Fig. 17D). Anterior terminal apophysis broad at tip, with jagged fringe (Figs 17C, 18B); posterior terminal apophysis stout, with sharp end (Fig. 17C); median membrane short, with fringed tip (Fig. 18C); pseudolamella long and curved, with papillate apex (Fig. 17 A–B); embolus mesally broad with a pointed tip (Fig. 17C); radix narrow distally with a folded anterior radical process, tailpiece small (Fig. 17A).

Female. Unknown.


Known only from type locality.