Aetana mokwam Huber

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: 74-78

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Aetana mokwam Huber

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Aetana mokwam Huber  sp. n.

Figs 267–269View FIGURES 264–271, 281–285View FIGURES 281–282View FIGURES 283–287, 289View FIGURES 288–293, 294–296View FIGURES 294–299

Type material. INDONESIA: ♂ holotype, ZFMK (Ar 20652), West Papua, Arfak Mountains, forest above Mokwam (1.112°S, 133.911°E), 1600 m a.s.l., 5–6.xi.2009 (S. Sutono)GoogleMaps  .

Other material examined. INDONESIA: 4♂ 7♀ 1 juv., ZFMK (Ar 20653–54), and  2♀ 1 juv. in pure ethanol, ZFMK (Ind 195), same data as holotypeGoogleMaps  . 1♀, ZFMK (Ar 20655), West Papua, Arfak Mountains, forest near Kamu village (1.102°S, 133.911°E), 1500 m a.s.l., 7.xi.2009 (S. Sutono)GoogleMaps  . 4♂ 7♀, ZFMK (Ar 20656), West Papua, Arfak Mountains, forest along stream above Syobri village (1.114°S, 133.906°E), 1680 m a.s.l., 7.xi.2009 (S. Sutono)GoogleMaps  .

Etymology. The species name is derived from the type locality; noun in apposition.

Diagnosis. Males differ from most congeners (except A. ondawamei  ) by pair of finger-shaped apophyses on male palpal trochanter ( Fig. 281View FIGURES 281–282) and by shape of procursus ( Figs 282View FIGURES 281–282, 284View FIGURES 283–287; three distal elements: whitish oval element with two heavily sclerotized rounded apophyses, and two long hinged elements); from A. ondawamei  by much larger palps (compare Figs 284 and 286View FIGURES 283–287) and by more slender dorsal hinged element of procursus (19 x longer than wide versus 12 x in A. ondawamei  ). Females differ from most congeners (except A. ondawamei  and A. ternate  ) by elongated female internal genitalia and pore plates ( Figs 285View FIGURES 283–287, 296View FIGURES 294–299); from A. ondawamei  by anterior part of internal genitalia much narrower than posterior part ( Figs 295–296View FIGURES 294–299). Males and females also differ from A. ondawamei  by unpaired median mark ventrally on abdomen (paired in A. ondawamei  ; compare Figs 289 and 290View FIGURES 288–293).

Description. Male (holotype). MEASUREMENTS. Total length 5.0, carapace width 1.8. Distance PME-PME 540 µm; diameter PME 170 µm; distance PME-ALE 40 µm; AME absent. Leg 1: 50.9 (12.1 + 0.7 + 12.3 + 21.3 + 4.5), tibia 2: 7.9, tibia 3: 5.7, tibia 4: 8.2; tibia 1 L/d: 75.

COLOR (in ethanol). Carapace ochre yellow with dark brown lateral marginal bands and median band including ocular area; clypeus with dark brown pattern in distal half; sternum monochromous light brown to orange; legs light brown, with indistinct darker rings on femora (subdistal) and tibiae (proximal, subdistal), tips of femora and tibiae lighter. Abdomen ochre-gray, densely covered with dark internal marks dorsally and laterally, with large external mark dorsally in posterior third; ventrally with light brown median marks behind gonopore and in front of spinnerets.

BODY. Habitus as in Figs 267–268View FIGURES 264–271. Eye triads on short stalks directed towards lateral ( Fig. 283View FIGURES 283–287). Thoracic furrow absent (only black median line). Clypeus with pair of short obtuse apophyses close to distal margin ( Fig. 283View FIGURES 283–287). Sternum wider than long (1.15/0.75), unmodified.

CHELICERAE. As in Fig. 283View FIGURES 283–287, with pair of long lateral apophyses directed towards lateral and anterior and pair of small proximal lateral processes.

PALPS. As in Figs 281–282View FIGURES 281–282; coxa unmodified, trochanter with distinctive pair of ventral apophyses, femur with small retrolateral process, ventral protrusion, and larger prolateral process with small apophysis; tarsus small; procursus consisting of heavily sclerotized proximal part and three distal elements ( Fig. 284View FIGURES 283–287): whitish oval element with two heavily sclerotized rounded apophyses, and two long hinged elements, dorsal part widened distally (in dorsal view), ventral part simple and slender; genital bulb with short tubular embolus as only process.

LEGS. Without spines; few vertical hairs; with curved hairs on tibiae 1–2 (few on tibiae 3) and metatarsi 1–2;

retrolateral trichobothrium of tibia 1 at 2.5%; tibia 1 without prolateral trichobothrium (present on other tibiae); tarsus 1 with ~30 pseudosegments, distally distinct. Male (variation). Tibia 1 in 8 other males: 10.7–12.4 (mean 11.7).

Female. In general similar to male ( Fig. 269View FIGURES 264–271) but eye triads not on stalks and closer together (distance PME- PME 260 µm), clypeus unmodified, abdomen anteriorly above pedicel with slightly sclerotized area acting against strong conical elevation medially on carapace. Tibia 1 in 15 females: 8.5–10.7 (mean 9.9). Epigynum long, resulting in posterior position of genital opening ( Fig. 289View FIGURES 288–293); anterior plate barely modified in anterior part, internal valve visible through cuticle, with strong transversal ridges in posterior part ( Fig. 294View FIGURES 294–299); posterior plate simple, apparently without pockets. Internal genitalia with very long pore plates (actually fields of pores), apparently without internal pockets ( Figs 285View FIGURES 283–287, 296View FIGURES 294–299).

Distribution. Known from type locality only ( Fig. 349View FIGURE 349).

Natural history. The species was found in humid forest ( Fig. 336View FIGURES 336–341) among rocks in well-sheltered spaces near the ground, in domed webs of ~ 30 cm diameter. When disturbed, the spiders barely moved and were easy to catch.