Telema conglobare, Lin, Yucheng & Li, Shuqiang, 2010

Lin, Yucheng & Li, Shuqiang, 2010, Long-legged cave spiders (Araneae, Telemidae) from Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, southwestern China, Zootaxa 2445, pp. 1-34: 8-11

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Telema conglobare

sp. nov.

Telema conglobare  sp. nov.

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Type material: Holotype: male ( IZCAS) from CHINA: Guangxi: Xi’an Cave (Alt.: 574 m; T.: 17 ˚C; H.: 95 %), Songren Village, Fengcheng Town, Fengshan County [24 º 33.941 ΄N, 107 º02.465΄E], 12 March 2007, J. Liu and Y.C. Lin leg. Paratypes: 10 males and 46 females ( IZCAS), same data as holotype.

Etymology. The specific name is derived from Latin “ conglobo = to form into a ball”, and means to the globular spermatheca distally.

Diagnosis. The new species is similar to T. breviseta Tong & Li, 2008  , but can be distinguished by the absence of eyes, the distinct shape of pedipalpal bulb, the absence of a row of short setae at femur I in male, the sharp corner at sternum posteriorly, the globose spermatheca distally (ovoid distally in T. breviseta  ), and the larger body size.

Description. Holotype male. Total length 1.42. Prosoma 0.65 long, 0.62 wide. Sternum 0.42 long, 0.34 wide. Opisthosoma 0.68 long, 0.60 wide. Dorsal shield of prosoma yellow, flat, circular, with few setae on cephalic pars. Eye absent. Chelicerae yellow, longer than endites, fang furrow with 11 plumose setae, 2 teeth and 3 tiny granulous denticles at promargin, 4 small triangular denticles at retromargin. Endites longer than wide, serrula absent. Labium wider than long, fused to sternum. Sternum planar, nearly pear-shaped, lateral margins flexural, longer slightly than wide, black setae on surface, posterior corner sharp. One dorsal spine at each patella distally, and the same near middle of each tibia. Leg measurements: I 5.92 (1.75, 0.24, 1.88, 1.28, 0.77); II 5.10 (1.54, 0.22, 1.56, 1.08, 0.70); III 3.64 (1.16, 0.20, 1.04, 0.72, 0.52); IV 4.40 (1.42, 0.22, 1.24, 0.94, 0.58). Leg formula: I-II-IV-III. Opisthosoma pale, covered with sparse long setae.

Pedipalp large. Femur equal to 3 times of patella in length, tibia subequal to 2 time of patella in length, a dorsally tibial trichobothrium on distal end of middle third, tarsus longer than femur, subequal to 2 times of tibia in length, prolaterally cymbial apophysis small. Pedipalpal bulb long oval, its apex extended to form a broad embolus that sclerotized anteromarginally and membranous postomarginally.

Female. Total length 1.80. Prosoma 0.64 long, 0.58 wide. Sternum 0.40 long, 0.34 wide. Opisthosoma 1.14 long, 1.04 wide. Same coloration of body and legs as in male. Leg measurements: I 5.48 (1.66, 0.24, 1.72, 1.14, 0.72); II 4.73 (1.44, 0.22, 1.41, 1.00, 0.66); III 3.39 (1.08, 0.19, 0.98, 0.66, 0.48); IV 4.15 (1.36, 0.20, 1.17, 0.88, 0.54). Leg formula: I-II-IV-III. Median spinnerets with 4, posteriors 5 short spines.

Genital area bears a row of long spines on posterior margin anteriorly, with a row of short setae on epigastric furrow posteriorly. Faintly sclerotized on postomargin bilaterally, slightly recurved at midpostomargin. Spermatheca club-shaped, suddenly reflexed mesially, sharply swollen into a globose distally.

Distribution. China (Guangxi) ( Fig. 20View FIGURE 20).


Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences