Draposa subhadrae

Kronestedt, Torbjörn, 2010, Draposa, a new wolf spider genus from South and Southeast Asia (Araneae: Lycosidae), Zootaxa 2637, pp. 31-54: 49-51

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Draposa subhadrae

comb. nov.

Draposa subhadrae  (Patel & Reddy, 1993) comb. nov.

Figs 7, 27, 32, 42, 43, 53

Pardosa subhadrae Patel & Reddy  , 1993: 128 fig. 5 (♂♀).

Type material. Holotype: ♀, India, Andhra Pradesh, Prakasam District, Chirala (15°46'30''N 80°23'10''E) (T. S. Reddy, National Zoological Collection, Kolkata), not examined.GoogleMaps  Patel & Reddy (1993) mentioned 3♂ 7♀ paratypes and a second, but not precise, locality in Visakhapatnam District, Andhra Pradesh   .

Material examined. SRI LANKA. Eastern: Kuchchaveli, 20 mi NW Trincomalee (8°49'N 81°06'E), sandy ground, 9-10 February 1962 (loc. 60, Lund University Ceylon Expedition, MZLU,GoogleMaps  NHRS),GoogleMaps  5♀GoogleMaps  .

Diagnosis. Female most closely related to D. lyrivulva  and can be distinguished by the shape of the epigyne (Fig. 53): lateral elevations posteriorly being considerably apart and connected by sclerotised crest, and septal tongue relatively narrow (Figs 27, 42, 53), as well as by configuration of epigynal cavity bottom as seen from inside (dorsal view: Fig. 43).

Description. Female (from Kuchchaveli, Sri Lanka). Total length 6.4 (carried egg sac). Carapace 3.35 long, 2.55 wide.

Prosoma (Fig. 7). Dorsum very light yellowish. Each side, between wide median and wide lateral band, with an irregular brownish area (dark-veined), in some specimens more or less dissolved into patches. Margins light yellow with small blackish spots (with a few dark hairs) above each leg coxa. Dark hairs in brownish parts, white hairs in light areas. Clypeus yellowish with two dark spots below first eye row. Chelicerae light brownish, frontally darker. Sternum whitish-yellow.

Eyes. Width of row I 56, row II 82, row III 98, row II-III 81. Diameter of AME, 14, ALE 10, PME 32, PLE 26. Distance between AME 6, between AME and ALE 2.

Opisthosoma (Fig. 7). Dorsally mostly whitish (due to guanocytes); in front with yellowish brown lanceolate stripe at about half length flanked by conspicuous blackish spot at each side. (One of the females less whitish, with fewer guanocytes visible and larger spots patterned in reticulated blackish.) Dorsum with short white pubescence and stout erect, rather short dark (brownish) hairs (numerous in lanceolate stripe). Sides whitish, with or without blackish markings. Venter whitish to light yellowish with white pubescence and scattered slender, erect dark hairs.

Legs (Table 1). Very light yellowish-brown. Femora with blackish spots, in distal half with incomplete blackish ring; patellae basally dark; tibiae with wide dark basal ring and another one in distal half; metatarsi with dark basal ring and faint darkenings at the middle and distally.

Epigyne (Figs 27, 32, 42, 43, 53). Conspicuous deep median cavity divided in front by a septum. Rims of lateral elevations posteriorly apart, with a wider sclerotized crest in between them (cf. P. lyrivulva  ). Cavity bottom corrugated, of characteristic shape in dorsal view. Spermathecal stalks long, anteriorly terminating in head of spermatheca bent outwards (Fig. 32).

Size variation. Carapace length 2.85-3.35 (n=5).

Remarks. This species was described from both sexes. The description and illustrations of the male, however, do not show enough specific details.

From the original description of the female sex, notably the shape of the epigyne and the annulation of the legs, I ascribe the material at hand from Sri Lanka to D. subhadrae  rather than to an undescribed species. Distribution. India, Sri Lanka.