Haplodrassus dentifer Bosmans & Abrous,

Bosmans, Robert, Kherbouche-Abrous, Ourida, Benhalima, Souâd & Hervé, Christophe, 2018, The genus Haplodrassus Chamberlin, 1922 in the Mediterranean and the Maghreb in particular (Araneae: Gnaphosidae), Zootaxa 4451 (1), pp. 1-67: 15-17

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Haplodrassus dentifer Bosmans & Abrous

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Haplodrassus dentifer Bosmans & Abrous  , sp. n.

Figs 30‒40View FIGURES 30–40, 49‒53View FIGURES 49–57, map 2

Types. Holotype ♂, paratypes 1♂ 2♀ from Morocco, Souss-Massa , between Aoulouz and Tallliouine (N30°34’41” W8°3’11”), 600m, stones in steppe, 4.II.1996, J. Van Keer leg.; deposited in RBINSGoogleMaps  .

Etymology. The species name is derived from the Latin noun dens (tooth) and the verb ferre (to wear) and refers to the presence of a tooth at the base of the embolus.

Diagnosis. Haplodrassus dentifer  sp. n. is closely related to H. rufipes  . Males are at once recognized by the presence of a subterminal tooth at the prolateral margin of the embolic apophysis in H. rufipes  ( Figs 131View FIGURES 126–135, 142View FIGURES 136–144), absent in H. dentifer  ( Figs 35View FIGURES 30–40, 51View FIGURES 49–57), females by the converging, gradually narrowing antero-lateral branches of the areola ( Figs 40View FIGURES 30–40, 52View FIGURES 49–57), straight and truncate in H. rufipes  ( Figs 132View FIGURES 126–135, 143View FIGURES 136–144).

Description. Measurements: Male (n=5): Total length 5.6‒9,6 mm; carapace 1.22‒2.02 long, 0.99‒1.58 wide. Female (n=11): Total length 7.6‒9.6 mm; carapace 1.96‒2.44 long, 2.44‒3.12 wide. Colour: Carapace yellowish brown with darkened eye region; chelicerae dark brown; sternum and legs yellowish brown; abdomen grey.

Male palp ( Figs 32‒36View FIGURES 30–40, 49‒51View FIGURES 49–57): Tibia 2.5 times as long as wide, gradually narrowing, slightly widened before the rounded tip ( Figs 33View FIGURES 30–40, 50View FIGURES 49–57); embolic apophysis nearly straight, without denticulations, with pointed tip; base of embolus with strong denticulate keel ( Figs 36View FIGURES 30–40).

Epigyne ( Figs 38‒40View FIGURES 30–40, 52‒53View FIGURES 49–57): Anterior margin nearly as wide as areola; pro-fovea short, less than half the length of the fovea; foveal border marked by a strong medio-lateral tooth, but often obscured by the presence of concretions (compare Figs 39 and 40View FIGURES 30–40).

Further material examined. AFRICA: ALGERIA, Laghouat, 20 km south of Laghouat (N33°38’41” E2°55’51”), 740m, 1♂, pitfalls under Zizyphus  bushes in a daya, 14.V.1990, R. Bosmans leg. ( CRB)GoogleMaps  , Ghardaia: Ksar el Atteuf (N32°28’30” E3°44’57”), 1♂, pitfalls in alfalfa cultures, 25.III.2015, Y. Alioua & A. Hadj Mhammed leg. (CYA)GoogleMaps  , Tamanrasset, Issek (N22°34’35” E6°01’54”), 1200m, 1♀, II.1988, K. De Smet leg. ( CRB)GoogleMaps  . MOROCCO, Draâ-Tafilale t, Col de Tagalm , SE Zebzat, 1930m, 2♀, stone field, 19.IV.2012, R. Bosmans & J. Van Keer leg. ( CJVK, CRB)  , Tinerhir 20 km E. (N31°30’36” W5°31’48”), 1350m, 1♂, litter in small palm yard, 6.II.1996, J. Van Keer leg. ( CJVK)GoogleMaps  , Tizi ‘n Ikhsane (N30°26’56” W7°31’24”), 1650m, 1♀, stones in steppe, 6.II.1996, J. Van Keer leg. ( CJVK)GoogleMaps  , Fès-Meknès, Missour (N33°2’56” W3°59’22”), 1♀, 7.XII.2001, 1♀, 7.III.2002, 2♀, 27.IV.2002, pitfalls in steppe, R. Bosmans leg. (CRB), Guelmim-Oued Noun, 10 km W. Taghjijt (N29°04’02” W9°17’52”), 650m, 1♀, stones in steppe, 13. II.2007, R. Bosmans leg. ( CRB)GoogleMaps  , Tata (N29°45’35” N7°58’57” E), 1♀, litter in palm yards, 14. II.2007, R. Bosmans leg. ( CRB)  , Lâayoune- Saguia al Hamra, Tarfaya 40 km S., (N27°35'53” W12°57' 11'), 2♀, stony desert, 11. II.2007, R. Bosmans & J. Van Keer leg. ( CRB)GoogleMaps  , Marrakech-Safi, Imi n’Tanoute (N31°10’16” W8°50’43”), 1♀, Coll. Simon 25299 (MNHN AR15687). TUNISIA, Sousse, Hergla S. (N35°59’17” W10°30’41”), 10m, 1♂, pitfalls in salt marsh, 27.II ‒8.III.2005, J. Van Keer leg. ( CJVK)GoogleMaps  . EUROPE: SPAIN: Cádiz: Sierra  de los Pinos, Villalengua del Rosario (N36°37’55” W5°22’33”), 1400m, 1♀, under stones in the crest of a limestone mountain, 16.II.2016, I. Sánchez leg. ( CIS)GoogleMaps  .

Ecology. The specimens were collected in steppe vegetation, salt marshes, stony fields, dunes with scarce vegetation and palm yards, situated in the arid, semi-arid and desert climate zones of the Maghreb. Males and females were found from December to May.

Distribution. This species occurs in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia and was once collected in the South of Spain (map 2).


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