Gippsicola minuta, Giroti, André Marsola & Brescovit, Antonio Domingos, 2017

Giroti, André Marsola & Brescovit, Antonio Domingos, 2017, Revision of the spider genus Gippsicola Hogg, 1900 (Araneae: Segestriidae), Zootaxa 4227 (3), pp. 390-406: 403-404

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Gippsicola minuta

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Gippsicola minuta  new species

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Type material. Male holotype from Bellenden Ker Range [17°14'S; 145°52'E], alt. 1054m, Queensland, Australia, 17–24.X.1981, Earthwatch / Queensland Museum leg. (QM S 30615View Materials).GoogleMaps 

Addition material examined. AUSTRALIA: Queensland: Bellenden Ker Range [17°14'S; 145°52'E], Alt. 1054M, 1 imm., 17–24.X.1981, Earthwatch / Queensland Museum leg. (ex-QM S30615View Materials).GoogleMaps 

Etymology. The specific name is an adjective referring to the minute size of this species.

Diagnosis. Gippsicola minuta  n. sp. differ from the other species by its conspicuously minute size, male palp cymbium distally tapered ( Figs 10View FIGURE 10 C –E) compared to the other species ( Fig. 3View FIGURE 3 B), with a group of macrosetae, and a tibia shorter than the cymbium, as wide as long. This species presents a whitish dorsally abdomen, with an anterior dark arrow-shaped mark, and longitudinal paired dark spots ( Figs 10View FIGURE 10 A –B).

Description. Male (Holotype). Carapace and chelicerae orange, with cephalic region slightly darker ( Fig. 10View FIGURE 10 A). Endites yellowish orange; labium orange. Sternum yellowish orange with darker margins ( Fig. 10View FIGURE 10 B). Palps yellowish orange ( Figs 10View FIGURE 10 C –E). Legs yellowish orange, with pairs I –II darker. Abdomen greyish ventrally, with a longitudinal whitish band ( Fig. 10View FIGURE 10 B). Total length 3.25; carapace 1.45 long, 1.2 wide. Palps: tibia with dorsoventral diameter shorter than the bulb; bulb sub-rectangular; embolus short ( Figs 10View FIGURE 10 C –D). Legs robust and clothed with setae, with the scopulae of tenent setae reduced on pairs I –III. Leg formula: II-I-IV-III. Leg measurements: I femur 1.18, patella 0.45, tibia 1.02, metatarsus 0.88, tarsus 0.3, total 3.83; II 1.1, 0.55, 1.1, 0.88, 0.3, 3.93; III 1.0, 0.48, 0.88, 0.75, 0.3, 3.41; IV 1.1, 0.5, 0.95, 0.75, 0.3, 3.6. Leg macrosetae: I femur d0-0-1-0-1-0-1-0; tibia p0-1-0- 1-0-1-0, vp1-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-1, v0-0-0/1-0-1-0-0, vr1-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-0/1; metatarsus vp1-0-1-0-1, v0, vr1-0-1-0- 1/0; II femur d0-0-1-0-1-0-1-0, p0-0-0-0-0-0-1-0; tibia p0-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-1-0, vp0, v0, vr1-0-1-0-1-0-1-0-1; metatarsus vp1-0-1-0-1, vr1-0-1-0-1; IV femur D0-0-1-0-0/1-0-1-0-0; tibia v0-1-0-0-1-0-0, vr0-0-0-0-0-0-0/1; metatarsus vp1-0-0-1/0-0-1, vr metatarsal comb with 9 macrosetae. Abdomen uniformly clothed with setae ( Figs 10View FIGURE 10 A –B).

Female. Unknown.

Natural history. Unknown.

Distribution. Only known from the type locality ( Fig. 11View FIGURE 11).