Hortipes platnicki, BOSSELAERS & JOCQUÉ, 2000

BOSSELAERS, JAN & JOCQUÉ, RUDY, 2000, Hortipes, A Huge Genus Of Tiny Afrotropical Spiders (Araneae, Liocranidae), Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 2000 (256), pp. 4-4: 4-

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http://doi.org/ 10.1206/0003-0090(2000)256<0004:HAHGOT>2.0.CO;2

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Hortipes platnicki

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Hortipes platnicki   , new species Figures 9a View Fig , 11a View Fig ; Map 2 View Map 2

TYPES: Female holotype: Chenzema , elev. 1700 m, Uluguru Mountains, Tanzania, S7°10', E37°40' (2–22 July, 1971; L. Berger, N. Leleup, and J. Debecker) ( MRAC 141.099 View Materials ) GoogleMaps   .

ETYMOLOGY: The species’ epithet is a patronym in honor of Dr. Norman Platnick, who mentioned the existence of the present genus for the first time (Platnick and Baptista, 1995).

DIAGNOSIS: Females can be recognized by a piriform ST1 connected on its dorsal side to a short and wide ID, which is inflated and globular at the entrance.

MALE: Unknown.

FEMALE: Measurements. Total length 2.78; carapace 1.16 long, 0.95 wide; length of fe: I 1.03, II 1.16, III 0.89, IV 1.22. Leg spination. Fe: I rv 3–4; IV plt 0 rlt 0; ti: I, II vsp 6; mt: III plt 1 vt 0 rlt 0; IV plt 1 vt 2 rlt 1. Coloration. Carapace yellow with darker yellow brown radial striae running between bases of legs and a brown longitudinal stripe at fovea. Chelicerae yellow, sternum yellowish white. Legs I and II brownish yellow, legs III and IV yellow. Abdomen peach, no pattern. Genitalia. Epigyne a hooded scape in front of a shallow depression showing the piriform ST and globular, widened ID entrance parts (fig. 9). Vulva: ID short, stout, and wide, inflated and globular at the site of the small, circular entrance hole; running in

DISTRIBUTION: Known only from the type locality.