Kut, Kunt, Kadir Bogac, Elverici, Mert, Yagmur, Ersen Aydin & Oezkuetuek, Recep Sulhi, 2019

Kunt, Kadir Bogac, Elverici, Mert, Yagmur, Ersen Aydin & Oezkuetuek, Recep Sulhi, 2019, Kut gen. nov., a new troglomorphic spider genus from Turkey (Araneae, Dysderidae), Subterranean Biology 32, pp. 95-109: 95

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gen. nov.

Kut  gen. nov.

Type species.

Harpactocrates troglophilus  Brignoli, 1978.

Derivatio nominis.

" Kut  " is a Turkish word traceable to the old Turkic language with multiple meanings, such as "fortune (good or bad)", "lifelong energy" or “vigour”, and more, depending on a dialect or a historical period. Gender: masculine.


The new genus resembles genera Dysderocrates  , Harpactocrates  and Hygrocrates  in the general morphology of the male palp; however, it can be identified by the following characters:

In male copulatory organ of Kut  gen. nov., tegulum is pear-shaped and embolus is a simple extension of a tegulum. Embolus represents the only distal extension of tegulum, any other apophyses are absent, unlike in Dysderocrates  and Hygrocrates  .

In Kut  gen. nov., female copulatory organ is unique among the majority of Dysderinae  genera in having the anteriorly located, club-shaped spermathecae, bearing a resemblance to those in Cryptoparachtes  . Kut  gen. nov. differs from Cryptoparachtes  by having a well-developed dorsal arc and a distinct posterior diverticulum, as well as by the male copulatory organ (see Dunin 1992: 42).

Anterior side of sternum (the side touching labium) is much more convex compared to other Dysderinae  genera.


Large-sized Dysderinae  spiders. Somatic characters as in other Dysderidae  . Detailed description see under Kut troglophilus  (Brignoli, 1978) comb. nov.