Zodarion azrouense Bosmans & Benhalima,

Benhalima, Souâd & Bosmans, Robert, 2020, Revision of the genus Zodarion Walckenaer, 1833 (part IV). The species of Morocco (Araneae: Zodariidae), Zootaxa 4899 (1), pp. 93-114: 102-103

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4899.1.5

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:55498271-85F4-4008-8C86-9F055071B4FE

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4400733

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/C67D87F0-0C25-FFE3-FF0A-4F24881906B7

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scientific name

Zodarion azrouense Bosmans & Benhalima
status

sp. nov.

Zodarion azrouense Bosmans & Benhalima  sp. nov.

Figures 59–60View FIGURES 59–69, 70–73View FIGURES 70–81, 94–97View FIGURES 94–109

Etymology. The species is named after the beautiful city of Azrou in the Middle Atlas.

Diagnosis. Males differ from all other species of this group by the short, relatively thicker tip of the embolus, much longer and more curved in the other species. The distal part of the tibial apophysis is curved upwards and swollen, spoon-like, simply rounded in other species of the group. Females are recognized by the presence of a poorly chitinised antero-median epigynal pit, which is differently shaped in other species.

Description. Measurements (n=1): Male: total length 3.5; carapace 1.22 long, 0.88 wide. Female (n=2). Total length 3.5–4.7; prosoma 1.85–2.48 long, 1.30–1.54 wide. Colour ( Figs 59–60View FIGURES 59–69): carapace dark violet brown, fovea and radiating striae darkened; legs: coxae white, contrasting with dark brown to black femora, femora II–IV whith basal part white; tibia brown, with pale lateral stripes; metatarsi and tarsi yellowish white; abdomen black with postero-dorsal, lateral and ventral white spots. Eyes: AM=1 (0.12); AL=0.89; PM=1.12; PL=0.83; a=0.61; b=d=0.22; c=1.61; MOQ: AW=0.81PW; L=0.88PW.

Male palp ( Figs 70–73View FIGURES 70–81): tibial apophysis elongated, 3 times as long as wide, proximal part 4 times as long as distal part, slightly curved, distally widening and curved in dorso-lateral direction; tip rounded anteriorly, posteriorly bluntly pointed; median apophysis with wide proximal part and small, curved distal part; tip of embolus subterminally bent in anterior direction.

Epigyne ( Figs 94–97View FIGURES 94–109): with large, shallow pit, occupying one third of epigyne’s width, anteriorly rounded, widening posteriorly, posterior margin unsclerotized; spermathecae very small, separated by more than 5 diameters.

Type material. Holotype Ƌ and paratype 1♀ from MOROCCO: Fès-Meknès , Azrou NE, 33°28’00’’N, 05°09’49’’W, 1400 m a.s.l., leg. R. Bosmans & J. Van Keer, 18.IV.2012 (litter and stones in Quercus ilex  forest) ( RBINS).GoogleMaps 

Paratype: MOROCCO: Azrou , 33°26’17’’N, 05°13’14’’W, 1450 m a.s.l., leg. RGoogleMaps  . Bosmans , 7.II.1996 (litter and stones in dense Quercus ilex  forest), 1♀ ( RBINS)  .

Distribution. Only known from the type locality (Map 3).

R

Departamento de Geologia, Universidad de Chile

RBINS

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Arachnida

Order

Araneae

Family

Zodariidae

Genus

Zodarion