Loxosceles cubana Gertsch, 1958

Ruiz, Alexander Sánchez & Brescovit, Antonio D., 2013, The genus Loxosceles Heineken & Lowe (Araneae: Sicariidae) in Cuba and Hispaniola, West Indies, Zootaxa 3731 (2), pp. 212-222: 213-216

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Loxosceles cubana Gertsch, 1958
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Loxosceles cubana Gertsch, 1958 

Figs. 9 −16View FIGURES 9 − 16, 39− 40View FIGURES 39 − 44

Loxosceles rufipes  var. rufescens: Franganillo, 1935: 76  ; 1936: 43.

Loxosceles rufescens: Bryant, 1940: 287  .

Loxosceles cubana Gertsch, 1958: 19  , figs. 51 −53, 81. (Male holotype from Candela, Cuba, deposited in AMNH, not examined); Gertsch & Ennik, 1983: 344, figs. 299−302, 328 − 331; Perez, 1997: 8, fig. 2 a −b.

Diagnosis: Specimens of L. cubana  resemble those of L. caribbaea  by the length of the palpal tibiae in the male palp, but can be distinguished by a straight embolus longer than the width of the bulb (figs. 9−10) and by the receptacles of epigynum with two lobes, of which the inner one is just a quarter or less longer than the outer and enlarged at end, coming out from an enlarged base ( Figs. 39−40View FIGURES 39 − 44).

Description. Male and female described by Gertsch (1958) and redescribed by Gertsch & Ennik (1983). Carapace, male palp, and female genitalia shown in figures 9−12; 15−16; 39−40. Palpal tarsus of female slender at tip ( Figs 13−14View FIGURES 9 − 16).

Variation. Male (n= 7): Total length 5.4 −7.0, carapace 2.3−3 long, femur I 5 −6.7 long. Palpal tibia 0.7−0.9 long, 0.4−0.5 wide. Female (n= 10): total length 6−8.5, carapace 2.3−3.7 long, femur I 3 −5.7 long. Palpal tibia 0.6−0.8 long, 0.2−0.25 wide. Palpal tarsus 0.85−1.15 long.

Material examined. CUBA: Santiago de Cuba: Guamá, Río La Mula (19 ° 57 ' 10.44 "N, 76 ° 45 ' 25.92 "W), under rocks, A. Sánchez, June 20, 1997 (IBSP164699, 1♂ 6 ♀ 1 juv). Guamá, Río La Mula (19 ° 57 ' 10.44 "N, 76 ° 45 ' 25.92 "W), under rocks, A. Sánchez, June 6, 1999 (BSC289, 3♂ 3 ♀). Guamá, Río La Mula (19 ° 57 ' 10.44 "N, 76 ° 45 ' 25.92 "W), under rocks, A. Sánchez, June 27, 2001 (BSC290, 2♂ 3 ♀ 1 juv). Guamá, Río La Mula (19 ° 57 ' 10.44 "N, 76 ° 45 ' 25.92 "W), under rocks, R. Teruel, June 10, 2000 (IBSP164700, 1♂ 2 ♀ 2 juv). Guamá, Río La Mula (19 ° 57 ' 10.44 "N, 76 ° 45 ' 25.92 "W), under rocks, A. Sánchez, June 11, 2005 (IBSP164701, 1♀). Tercer Frente, La Pimienta (19 ° 59 ' 34.44 "N, 75 ° 30 ' 13.39 "W), under rocks, A. Sánchez, April 14, 2000 (IBSP164703, 2♀ 1 juv). Tercer Frente, La Pimienta (19 ° 59 ' 34.44 "N, 75 ° 30 ' 13.39 "W), under rocks, A. Sánchez, April 18, 2000 (IBSP164704, 2♀ 4 juv). Songo −La Maya, Las Yaguas (20 ° 3 ' 55.62 "N, 75 ° 34 ' 1.70 "W), under rocks, A. Sánchez, May 6, 2004 (IBSP164705, 3♀ 4 juv). Songo −La Maya, Las Yaguas (20 ° 3 ' 55.62 "N, 75 ° 34 ' 1.70 "W), under rocks, A. Sánchez, May 7, 2004 (IBSP164706, 1♀). Escalinata de Universidad de Oriente (20 ° 2 '47.00"N, 75 ° 49 ' 2.60 "W), under rocks, R. Teruel, March 2, 2003 (IBSP164707, 1♀). Pinar del Río: Viñales, Cueva del Cable (22 ° 40 ' 4.04 "N, 83 ° 42 ' 34.98 "W), walls of cave, A. Sánchez, April 20, 2012 (IBSP164702, 2♂ 2 ♀ 2 juv).

Distribution. Cuba and Hispaniola ( Haiti).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Arachnida

Order

Araneae

Family

Sicariidae

Genus

Loxosceles