Savignia zero

Lasut, Liana, Marusik, Yuri M. & Frick, Holger, 2009, First description of the female of the spider Savignia zero Eskov, 1988 (Araneae: Linyphiidae), Zootaxa 2267, pp. 65-68: 65-67

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Savignia zero


Savignia zero  (Eskov, 1988)

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Savignia zero Eskov,  1988: 34, figs 83-85 ( D ♂).

HOLOTYPE: Russia: Magadan: middle Chelomdzha river (left tributary of Taui river), 1 ♂, vi.-viii.1987 (N.E. Dokutchaev; not examined, due to the distinctive male carapace). 

Examined material. Russia: Magadan: Ola river mouth, 8 ♂ 14♀, 18.ix.1990 (Y.M. Marusik, SMF 39671).  Khabarovsk province: environment of Bychikha village, Bolshekhektsyrski reserve, "Klyuch Sosnenskiy" kordon, circa 430 m, tall grass and carex along creek valley formed by boulders [48 º 14'33''N, 134 º 47'00''E], 7♂ 13♀, 14.ix.2005 (Y.M. Marusik, IBPN);GoogleMaps  environment of Khabarovsk, environment of Bychikha village, Bolshekhektsyrski reserve, secondary forest with birch and other trees, leaf litter and carex [48 º 17'30''N, 134 º 49'42''E], 1 ♂ 1♀, 11.ix.2005 (Y.M. Marusik, IBPN).GoogleMaps 

Examined comparative material: S. birostra:  USA: Alaska: Kodjak island, Dog Salmon river [57°11'49''N, 154°02'08''W], 5♂ 5♀ ( NMBE 6744). S. saitoi:  Russia: Sakhalin: Sakhalin island, southeast port, Mereya river circa 3 km from mouth, [46°38'46.4''N, 142°54'16.1''E], 4♀, 28.vii.2001 (Y.M. Marusik. IBPN). Sakhalin: Kunashir island, Otrandnoye, 1♂, 19.ix.1987 (A.M. Basarukin, ZMMU). Six examined paratype females (Russia: Amur: Khingan state reserve, gramineous meadow, 2♀, 01.viii.1983 (Y.M. Marusik, IBPN). Sakhalin: Kunashir island, Otrandnoye, 4♀, 19.ix.1987, (A.M. Basarukin, ZMMU)) that were mentioned in Eskov (1988) are not conspecific with topotype females from Sakhalin and their belonging is unclear.

Diagnosis. Males are best distinguished from other Savignia  species by its arch-like PME-lobe and the frontally protruding AME-lobe, which both are covered with stout hairs frontally (Eskov 1988: fig. 83). Male cephalic lobes of all Savignia  species are species specific (e.g. see figures in Eskov 1988). The embolic division and especially the margin of the transparent outgrowth is species specific but difficult to differentiate without comparative material or a compound microscope, respectively (Figs 4, 8, 12). The embolus is sigmoid in S. zero  and S. saitoi  (Figs 8, 12), but straight and most sclerotised in S. birostra  (Fig. 4). Females can be separated from similar species by the more robust and simpler epigynum with rounded, instead of pointed, anterior tips (Figs 1-3, 5-7, 9-11) and seen in lateral view, its square (Figs 11, 20) rather than triangular shape (Figs 3, 7, 23). In addition, the presence of two pits of the ventral plate, seen in aboral view (Fig. 19), is also diagnostic. The tibial spine formula is 2211 in S. zero  and S. saitoi  and 0000 in S. birostra  (instead bare strip in both sexes).

Description. Males: ( SMF 39671, N =8, means in parentheses): colours slightly variable. Total length: 1.49-1.66 (1.58) with cephalic lobe, 1.37-1.54 (1.46) without cephalic lobe. Cephalothorax: dark-brown with slight red or orange (470 C); 0.71-0.79 (0.76) long, 0.55-0.64 (0.60) wide. Eyes: PME on PME-lobe above PLE and ALE, AME frontal to it (Eskov 1988: fig. 83). Chelicerae: stridulatory striae imbricated, evenly spaced; six promarginal teeth, four retromarginal denticles. Sternum: brown-green (469 C) with black scatters; 0.49-0.54 (0.51) long, 0.44-0.47 (0.45) wide. Legs: honeybrown or orange-yellow (138 C); tibial spine formula 2211; TmI: 0.39-0.54 (0.43); leg formula 4-1-2-3. Pedipalp: honeybrown (138 C), patella ratio length/width=2.1; tibia with three retrolateral and one prolateral trichobothrium; embolic tip with projection beyond embolic opening (Figs 13, 16), embolus with transparent outgrowth (Fig. 12). Females: ( SMF 39671, N =14, means in parentheses): Colours slightly vari able. Total length: 1.32-1.57 (1.46). Cephalothorax: dark brown-orange (471 C); 0.60-0.70 (0.66) long, 0.49-0.57 (0.54) wide; general appearance as male, but without cephalic lobe. Eyes: posterior row procurved, anterior row straight. Chelicerae: five promarginal teeth, five retromarginal teeth.

Sternum: brown-green (469 C) with black scatters; 0.42-0.50 (0.46) long, 0.39-0.43 (0.41) wide. Legs: yellow (124 U); tibial spine formula 2211; TmI: 0.42-0.65 (0.53); leg formula 4-1-2-3. Epigynum: brown-green (469 C) without black scatters; ventral plate with round anterior edges (Figs 9, 18), two pits visible in aboral view (Fig. 19), square-shaped in lateral view (Figs 11, 20), not triangular as in the other two species (Figs 3, 7). Spermathecae oval-shaped, parallel to each other.

Distribution. S. zero  is restricted to North-eastern Siberia and Russian Far East (Fig. 28) and occurs from eastern Yakutia (Marusik et al. 1993) to northern Cisokhotia around Magadan area (Eskov 1988; Marusik 2005) to Cisamura (Tanasevitch 2006; Marusik et al. 2007). The occurrence in Maritime province mentioned by Tanasevitch (2006) is based on a misidentification.

Habitat. S. zero  occurs in wetland and swampy sides, in plant debris and mosses among tussocks (Eskov 1988; Tanasevitch 2006, 2008), in floodplain forests (Marusik 2005) and spruce fir and mixed forests (Marusik et al. 2007).

Phenology. Adults of S. zero  were found between June and September (Eskov 1988; Tanasevitch 2006, 2008).


Germany, Frankfurt-am-Main, Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Senckenberg


Switzerland, Bern, Naturhistorische Museums


USA, Florida, Gainesville, University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History, Allyn Museum