Toxoniella rogoae, Warui, C. & Jocque, R., 2002

Warui, C. & Jocque, R., 2002, THE FIRST GALLIENIELLIDAE (ARANEAE) FROM EASTERN AFRICA, The Journal of Arachnology 30 (1), No. 1, pp. 307-315: 312-315

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Toxoniella rogoae

new species

Toxoniella rogoae  new species

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Type material.— Holotype: Male: Kenya, Taita Hills, Ngangao Forest, 3°22'S 38°20'E, 1750 m, mountain forest, pitfall trap, 15 July 1998, L. Rogo ( MRAC 209914, now in NMK)GoogleMaps  . Paratypes: 1 ♂, 1 ♀: Ngangao Forest , 3°22'S 38°20'E, 1720 m, mountain forest, pitfall trap, 24-26 March 2000, Jocque & Warui ( NMK)GoogleMaps  ; 1 ♀: same data as holotype ( MRAC 209661)GoogleMaps  ; 2 ♂: Ngangao Forest , 24-26 March 2000, 1720 m, pitfalls, Jocque & Warui ( NMK)  .

Etymology. — The species’ name is a patronym in honor of Lucy Rogo (ICIPE) who carried out a pitfall trapping program in the Taita Hills and collected the first Gallieniellidae  there.

Diagnosis. —The male o f th is sp e cies is recognized by the short, blunt, dorsolateral tibial apophysis and the embolus with a translucent appendage; the female is characterized by the short epigyne in which the cul de sac expansions of the copulatory ducts do not reach the anterior margin.

Male (holotype). —Total length 2.20. Carapace: 1.63 long, 1.18 wide; brownish yellow. Abdomen: gray, slightly brownish in front, with dense cover of brownish golden setae. Eyes: AME: 0.06; ALE: 0.10; PME: 0.06; PLE: 0.10; AME-AME: 0.03; AME-ALE: 0.02; PM E-PM E: 0.06; PM E-PLE: 0.07; MOQ: AW: 0.16; PW: 0.19; L: 0.17. Clypeus: low, less than half diameter of ALE. Chilum: triangular, 0.06 high, 0.16 wide. Legs: Spination: I: F d2* P-T -M t v1; II: F d2* P-T v1 Mt v2-1; III: F pl2d2*rl1 P-T pl2*d1rl2* v 1- 2-2 Mt 9disp dw5; IV: F pl2d2*rl1 P-T pl2*d1rl2* v 1-2-2 Mt 10disp dw5.TI with two, TII with one, ventral rows of three to five long curved setae. Palp ( Figs. 9, 10View Figures 9 - 12): palpal tibia with dorsolateral apophysis which is a blunt, short extension. Tegulum with small posterior extension, not containing sperm duct. Embolus short, sinuous, with hyaline re ­ trolateral appendage; median apophysis short, curved.

Female (other female in parentheses).— Total length 3.21 (5.11). Carapace: 1.63 (2.20) long, 1.21 (1.59) wide. Carapace and remainder of prosoma brownish yellow. Abdomen: oval; gray with dense cover of brownish golden setae. Eyes: AME: 0.06; ALE: 0.08; PME: 0.05; PLE: 0.10 AME-AME: 0.02; AME-ALE: 0.02; PME-PME: 0.08; PME-PLE: 0.06; MOQ: AW: 0.14; PW: 0.18; L: 0.14. Clypeus: low, 0.6 times the diameter of ALE. Chilum: triangular, very poorly delimited. Legs: Spination:I: F d2*—2)-T v l; H: F d 2 * -P -T v1; III: F pl2*d2*rl1 P -T pl2*d1rl2* v 2-2-2 Mt 8disp dw5; IV: F pl2*d2*rl1 P-T pl2*d1rl2* v 2-2-2 Mt8disp dw5. Epigyne ( Figs. 11, 12View Figures 9 - 12): with wide, strongly recurved, frontal ledge, widely separated oval entrance openings. Entrance ducts short, running towards the front, with wide cul de sac tubes, strongly curved outward, not reaching anterior margin of epigyne; two well separated globular spermathecae.

Distribution.—Taita Hills, Kenya.


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