Loxosceles maraisi,

Lotz, L. N., 2017, An update on the spider genus Loxosceles (Araneae: Sicariidae) in the Afrotropical region, with description of seven new species, Zootaxa 4341 (4), pp. 475-494: 483

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4341.4.2

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:723F3227-A214-43F8-B598-CD7DFDB8B48B

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03FB8670-D54A-6746-FF48-FF5750BFFBB9

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Plazi

scientific name

Loxosceles maraisi
status

sp. nov.

Loxosceles maraisi  sp. nov.

( FIGS 8View FIGURES 1 – 18, 27View FIGURES 19 – 37)

Types. NAMIbIA: ♀ HOLOTYpE fROM ZAIS, 24°01’S, 16°08’E, M. BRIdGEFORd LEG., 30.III.1999 ( SMN 42657View Materials)GoogleMaps  . PARATYPES. 1♀ AND 2 IMM., SAME DATA AS HOLOTYPE (Ex SMN 42657View Materials)  ; 2♂, 5♀ AND 5 IMM., MALTAHöHE, NEURAS CAVE, LOcALITY MAp 2416 Ac , 10.VIII.1995, E  . MARAIS LEG. (SMN 43688).

Etymology. THE SpEcIES NAME IS A pATRONYM fOR EUGENE MARAIS, cOLLEcTOR Of MOST Of THE TYpE SpEcIMENS.

Diagnosis. FEMALE SpERMATHEcAE cONSIST Of THREE TO fOUR SHORT TUbES THAT pROcEEd ANTERIORLY; dIffER fROM ALL OTHER SpEcIES IN THIS RESpEcT ( FIG. 27View FIGURES 19 – 37). MALE pALpAL TIbIA LONG, cYMbIUM SHORT, MOST SIMILAR TO L. irishi  ( FIG. 7View FIGURES 1 – 18); dIffERING fROM L. irishi  IN THE pALp TIbIA LENGTH/ HIGH RATIO bEING LESS THAN 2.5 ANd THE EMbOLUS bEING AbOUT AS LONG AS bULb WIdTH ( FIG. 8View FIGURES 1 – 18).

Description. Female: (N = 7): TL = 9.84 (9.2–12.0); CL = 3.87 (3.6–4.3); CW = 3.30 (2.7–3.8); CLL = 0.48 (0.45–0.50). AME-LE 0.15; LARGEST EYE dIAMETER 0.2. CARApAcE YELLOW, SLIGHTLY dARkER pARS cEpHALIcA ANd ALONG THE EdGES; STERNUM LIGHT YELLOW; LEGS YELLOW; pALpS MOSTLY LIGHT YELLOW, WITH dARkER TARSUS. AbdOMEN LIGHT YELLOW. INTERNAL GENITALIA WITH THREE TO fOUR, SHORT, STUbbY, ANTERIORLY pROcEEdING cOpULATORY TUbES ON EAcH SIdE, NExT TO EAcH OTHER AT THE bASE, ENdING IN SMALL SpERMATHEcAE; SpERMATHEcAE NOT dISTINGUISHAbLE fROM TUbES ( FIG. 27View FIGURES 19 – 37). LEG fORMULA II:IV:I:III. LEG MEASUREMENTS: I: fEMUR 7.3, pATELLA 1.3, TIbIA 7.5, METATARSUS 7.6, TARSUS 1.4, TOTAL 25.1; II: 7.8, 1.4, 7.7, 8.8, 1.5, 27.2; III: 6.8, 1.3, 5.9, 7.5, 1.3, 22.8; IV: 7.6, 1.4, 6.7, 9.4, 1.5, 26.6. PALp: fEMUR 1.3, pATELLA 0.5, TIbIA 1.0, cYMbIUM 1.4, TOTAL 4.2.

Male: (N = 2): TL = 6.45 (5.6–7.3); CL = 3.20 (3.0–3.4); CW = 2.85 (2.6–3.1); CLL = 0.38 (0.35–0.40). AME- LE 0.15; LARGEST EYE dIAMETER 0.2. COLOUR ANd MARkINGS AS IN fEMALE. PALpAL TIbIA LONG, cYMbIUM SHORT; TIbIA LENGTH/ HIGH RATIO bEING MORE THAN 2.0, bUT LESS THAN 2.5; EMbOLUS AbOUT AS LONG AS bULb WIdTH ANd SLIGHTLY cURvEd, NARROWING fROM bASE TO ApEx ( FIG. 8View FIGURES 1 – 18). LEG fORMULA II:IV:I:III. LEG MEASUREMENTS: I: fEMUR 8.1, pATELLA 1.2, TIbIA 8.5, METATARSUS 9.6, TARSUS 1.5, TOTAL 28.9; II: 9.1, 1.2, 10.4, 11.5, 1.5, 33.7; III: 7.2, 1.2, 7.5, 8.8, 1.3, 26.0; IV: 8.1, 1.2, 7.7, 10.7, 1.7, 29.4. PALp: fEMUR 1.1, pATELLA 0.3, TIbIA 1.0, cYMbIUM 0.65, TOTAL 3.05.

Natural History. COLLEcTEd fROM NAMA KAROO, fROM cAvES.

Distribution. CENTRAL WESTERN NAMIbIA ( FIG. 40View FIGURES 40).

SMN

Simao District National Medical and Pharmaceutical Institute

CAVE

DOI/NPS, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

NOT

Nottingham City Natural History Museum

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Arachnida

Order

Araneae

Family

Sicariidae

Genus

Loxosceles