Micariamediospina, Booysen & Haddad, 2021

Booysen, Ruan & Haddad, Charles R., 2021, Revision and molecular phylogeny of the spider genus Micaria Westring, 1851 (Araneae: Gnaphosidae) in the Afrotropical Region, Zootaxa 4940 (1), pp. 1-82 : 57

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sp. nov.

Micariamediospina View in CoL sp. nov.

Figs 26 View FIGURES 18–26 , 147 – 148 View FIGURES 145–150

Type material. Holotype ♂, SOUTHAFRICA: Eastern Cape: Fort Brown, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, Farm Hermanuskraal , on soil, M.B. 316, pitfall traps, 33°08.75’S, 26°31.505’E, leg. M. Burger, 3.XII.1993 (NCA 96/71). GoogleMaps

Etymology. The species name is a combination of the Latin words media (middle) and spina (spine) that refer to the retrolateral tibial apophysis that is located in the middle of the palpal tibia in males.

Diagnosis. Males of Micaria mediospina sp. nov. can be distinguished from other Afrotropical Micaria by possessing an RTA that is located in the middle of the palpal tibia on the dorsal surface. The embolus of this species is enlarged and slanted retrolaterally. Female unknown.

Remarks. Holotype damaged, with abdomen severed from the prosoma. However, the palp structure is intact and could still be used for identification.

Description. Male (holotype from Fort Brown, NCA 96/71): Measurements: TL 2.40, CL 1.13, CW 0.65, CL:CW 1.74, CLH 0.07, CLH:AME 1.92. Eyes: ALE 0.05, AME 0.04, PLE 0.06, PME 0.05, AME–AME 0.02, PME–PME 0.05, MOQAW 0.13, MOQPW 0.14, MOQL 0.16. SL 0.64, SW 0.38, AL 1.10, AW 0.42. Leg measurements: Palpal segment lengths: 0.35, 0.13, 0.16, 0.33. Leg I: 0.79, 0.32, 0.60, 0.49, 0.57. II: 0.71, 0.30, 0.57, 0.50, 0.56. III: 0.62, 0.30, 0.54, 0.49, 0.46. IV: 0.91, 0.33, 0.81, 0.88, 0.56. TLoflegs (I–IV): 2.77, 2.64, 2.41, 3.49; leg formula: 4123.

Colouration: presumably dark brown or black (holotype’s colouration faded); chelicerae similar to carapace; abdomen black, no pattern visible; leg Iand II femora darkened ( Fig. 26 View FIGURES 18–26 ). Carapace: darkened ridges; smooth in texture; decorated with squamose setae; fovea absent.; median dark pattern radiating outwards; anterior margin narrowing moderately from coxa I; PER very slightly procurved in dorsal view; AER recurved in anterior view. Chelicerae: decorated with plumose setae. Labium: triangular in shape, tuft of setae present at tip. Endites: oblique; slightly constricted medially; cluster of setae present on inner–apical margin; darkened in colour. Sternum: slightly lighter in colour than carapace, shield-like, broadest between coxa Iand II; posterior margin narrowly truncated between coxa IV. Legs: femora laterally flattened, highest at base; leg Imore pronounced in this fashion; rest of legs normal, thin. Leg macrosetae: Palps: 1do, 1do, 1pl, 1pl. Leg I: I 1do, 1pl. II: 1do, 1pl. III: 1do, 1pl, 2vt. IV: 1do, 2vt. Scopulate setae not visible. Abdomen: cylindrical in shape; decorated with squamose setae; dorsal pattern not visible; venter similar in colour to dorsum; sigilla not visible. Palp: retrolateral tibial apophysis present medially on dorsal surface; median apophysis present medially, curved ventrally, broad; sperm duct present on retrolateral surface of tegulum, curved; embolus broad, tapered; embolus slanted retrolaterally; cymbium broad at tip, widest at basal third ( Figs 147, 148 View FIGURES 145–150 ).

Distribution. Micaria mediospina sp. nov. is only known from the type locality ( Map 5 View MAP 5 ).













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