Amblyothele kivumba,

Russell-Smith, Tony, Jocqué, Rudy & Alderweireldt, Mark, 2009, A revision of the African wolf spider genus Amblyothele Simon, ZooKeys 16 (16), pp. 149-180: 166-168

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Amblyothele kivumba

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Amblyothele kivumba  sp. n.

Figs 18-19View Figures 18-19, Map 5View Map 5

Diagnosis. The broad, deeply cupped apical lobe of the median apophysis of the male palp is distinctive as is the very long embolar tip which is clearly visible in ventral view.

Etymology. Named after the type locality.

Type material. Holotype. Male. RWANDA: Akagera N.P., lac Kivumba , 1.5 km from principal road, 01°43’S 030°45’E, 15.XI-4.XII.1985, pitfalls in wooded savannah, Jocqué, Nsengimana, Michiels leg. ( MRAC 165654View Materials).GoogleMaps 

Paratype. 1 ♁: RWANDA: Akagera N.P., 10 km N of fisheries, 01° 40’S 030°35’E, 17.XI-4.XII.1985, pitfalls in savannah, Jocqué, Nsengimana, Michiels leg. ( MRAC 165773).

Description. Total length: 3.08 mm. Carapace. Length 1.56 mm, width 1.10 mm. Dark greyish brown. Head region lower than thoracic region. Fovea long, with dark streaks radiating from it to the margin. Head region with a coating of adpressed iridescent white setae and many forward-pointing strong black bristles. Eyes. Anterior row markedly recurved. AME 2 × diameter of ALE, all eyes touching one another. Middle eyes 1.75 × diameter of AME and separated by 0.43 × their own diameter. PLE 0.86 × diameter of PME and separated by 2.83 × their own diameter. Chelicerae. Yellowish brown mottled with dark grey. Relatively short and stout for the genus and clothed in dark bristles. Posterior margin with two teeth, that nearest the fang the largest, anterior margin with three teeth, the middle the largest. Maxillae and Labium. Maxillae 2 × length of labium, truncate distally, coloured as the chelicerae. Labium wider than long, sub-quadrate, coloured as chelicerae. Sternum. Shield-shaped and strongly produced between the hind coxae. Coloured as chelicerae. Legs. Coloured as the carapace, without any darker banding. Long, ratio of length/breadth of tibia IV 10.5:1. Leg IV 1.35 × length of leg I. Ventral spines of leg I long and thin; metatarsus 2-2-(2), tibia 2-2-(2). Tarsal claws with 3 long fine teeth, central claw on pad and bent at right angles. Abdomen. Dorsally, dark grey with a feint paler central folium on the anterior

third. Clothed in dark bristles. Ventrally, pale yellowish. Spinnerets. Coloured as the abdomen. Long and thin with distal segment of PLS as long as basal segment. Palp ( Figs 18-19View Figures 18-19). Median apophysis short, deeply cupped, with relatively narrow apical lobe, and with projection pointing forward. Embolus long and thin, as long as apophysis of basal lobe of MA and lying alongside it.

Female uknown.

Distribution. Known only from the type locality in Rwanda ( Map 5View Map 5).


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