Saciperere Huber & Carvalho

Huber, Bernhard A. & Carvalho, Leonardo S., 2019, Filling the gaps: descriptions of unnamed species included in the latest molecular phylogeny of Pholcidae (Araneae), Zootaxa 4546 (1), pp. 1-96: 58

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Saciperere Huber & Carvalho

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Saciperere Huber & Carvalho  gen. n.

Type species. Saciperere catuaba  sp. n.

Etymology. The genus is named for Saci-Pererê, a character in Brazilian folklore, known to disappear and reappear wherever he wishes, as an allusion to the disrupted geographical distribution of the hard-to-find type species; gender masculine.

Diagnosis/Description. See diagnosis and description of single known species below.

Notes. The recent molecular phylogeny of Pholcidae ( Eberle et al. 2018)  placed this genus/species as sister to the genera Waunana Huber, 2000  + Pisaboa Huber, 2000  , with reasonable support. The three genera share (1) a distinct ventral apophysis distally on the male palpal femur (a possibly plesiomorphic character also present in several other Modisiminae  genera, i.e. Tupigea Huber, 2000  ; Psilochorus Simon, 1893  ; Anopsicus Chamberlin & Ivie, 1938  , Modisimus Simon, 1893  ); (2) vertical hairs in higher than usual density on male femora and tibia or tibiae only (also widespread in Modisiminae  ); (3) a relatively long and slender procursus. Saciperere  and Pisaboa  also share the general morphology of the female internal genitalia (elongate pore plates in lateral position and membranous ‘receptacle’ originating from ‘valve’ area). The species below is not assigned to Pisaboa  because it lacks the distinctive hinged apophyses on the male chelicerae characteristic of Pisaboa  and has instead an equally distinctive armature of the male chelicerae (see diagnosis below).