Zodarion pallidum Denis, 1952,

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: 96-97

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Zodarion pallidum Denis, 1952


Zodarion pallidum Denis, 1952 

Figures 7–14View FIGURES 7–14, 19–22View FIGURES 15–22

Zodarion pallidum Denis, 1952: 61  , figs 7–9 (Holotype Ƌ and paratype ♀, deposited in MNHN: MOROCCO: Marrakech-Safi   GoogleMaps, Tizi n’Test, 30°52’05’’N, 08°22’44’’W), 2100 m a.s.l., 1939, leg. L. Berland—examined).

Remark. A label with the name of the species was not present in the tube, but as the name of the locality fits with the name of the type locality and the number of specimens also agrees with the original description, so this material is considered to be the type material.

Diagnosis. Zodarion pallidum  differs clearly from all other species of the italicum group by its smaller size and pale colour. Males are furthermore distinguished by the rounded, proximal lobe of the tibial apophysis and the small median apophysis, and females by the epigyne with a trapezoid median plate.

Description. Measurements: Male (n=7): Total length 1.6–2.0; carapace 0.72–1.02 long, 0.58–0.87 wide. Female (n=3): Total length 2.6–2.7; carapace 1.02–1.03 long, 0.68–0.70 wide. Colour ( Figs 7–8View FIGURES 7–14): male: carapace yellowish orange, ocular quadrangle nearly black; chelicerae, sternum and legs somewhat paler than carapace; abdomen dorsally sepia, with very small dots and large postero-dorsal spot whitish, venter whitish; female: decoloured. Eyes: AM=1 (0.75); AL=0.66; PM=0.6; PL=0.7; a=0.53; b=P.27; c=1.33; d=0.2; MOQ: AW= PW; L=0.84PW.

Male palp ( Figs 9–11View FIGURES 7–14, 19–20View FIGURES 15–22): tibial apophysis triangular with narrow, slightly curved tip, base with large rounded lobe; median apophysis small, triangular, with pointed distal part; embolus gradually narrowing, pointed, accompanied by a large embolic membrane.

Epigyne ( Figs 12–14View FIGURES 7–14, 21–22View FIGURES 15–22): with trapezoid median plate 3 times as wide as long, with chitinised anterior margin and chitinisation spreading laterally. Spermathecae small, separated by almost 4 diameters, at their mesal side accompanied by bladder-like structures.

Other material examined. MOROCCO: Fès-Meknès, Missour, 33°02’24’’, 03°59’52’’W, 22.III–3.IV.2002 (pitfalls in steppe), 1Ƌ 1♀ ( CRB);GoogleMaps  Marrakech- Safi , Marrakech , Oued Tensift, 31°41’33’’N, 07°59’17’’W, 370 m a.s.l., leg. J. Van Keer, 19.II.1996 (dry river bed), 1Ƌ, ( CJVK);GoogleMaps  Setti Fatma, 31°13’30’’N, 07°40’39’’W, leg. V. & B. Roth, I.1987, 1Ƌ ( RMCA 172503View Materials);GoogleMaps  Souss-Massa , Gourizim, 5 km E, 29°37’57’’N, 10°00’24’’W), 15 m a.s.l., leg. R. Bosmans, 26.IV.2012 (stones in Argania steppe), 1Ƌ ( CRB);GoogleMaps  Tamri Estuary, 30°42’35’’N, 09°51’16’’W, 5 m a.s.l., leg. J. Van Keer, 15–28.IV.2012 (pitfalls in Tamarisk marsh), 1♀ ( CJVK);GoogleMaps  Tizi ‘n Bachkoum, 30°43’28’’N, 07°16’49’’W, 1650 m a.s.l., leg. RGoogleMaps  . Bosmans, 4.II.1996 (stones along rivulet), 1Ƌ ( CRB); Barrage Youssef-Ben- Tachfine, 29°50’44’’N, 09°29’40’’W, 100 m a.s.l., leg. RGoogleMaps  . Bosmans, 27.IV.2012 (stones in steppe), 1Ƌ ( CRB)  .

Distribution. Central part of Morocco (Map 1), occurring from sea level to more than 2000 m.


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Zodarion pallidum Denis, 1952

Benhalima, Souâd & Bosmans, Robert 2020

Zodarion pallidum

Denis, J. 1952: 61