Noideattella famafa, Álvarez-Padilla & Ubick & Griswold, 2012

Álvarez-Padilla, Fernando, Ubick, Darrell & Griswold, Charles E., 2012, Noideattella and Tolegnaro, Two New Genera of Goblin Spiders from Madagascar, with Comments on the Gamasomorphoid and Silhouettelloid Oonopids (Araneae, Oonopidae), American Museum Novitates 2012 (3745), pp. 1-76 : 26-29

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Noideattella famafa

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Noideattella famafa , new species

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TYPES: Male holotype from general collecting of a low canopy remnant forest at an elevation of 1300 m at Station Forrestiere Angavokely , 22 km E Antananarivo 18°55.6′S, 47°45′E, Antananarivo (8 September 2001, D. Andriamalala, T. Andriambinintsoa, J.J. Rafanomezantsoa, D. Ubick) deposited in CASC ( PBI_OON 00003260 ). The species epithet, a noun in apposition, is taken for the Malagasy word for broom GoogleMaps .

DIAGNOSIS: Spiders of N. famafa can be differentiated from other Noideattella species by the following combination of characters: habitus color dark brown; carapace surface of elevated portion of pars cephalica smooth (figs. 91, 92, 95); sternum microsculpture finely reticulate distributed medially and in furrows (fig. 93); book lung covers large and ovoid (fig. 98); male leg I and II metatarsi without spines, and each armed with a median triangular bump (figs. 106–109); embolus ventral lamella with a flat curved apophysis, smaller than that in N.gamela (figs. 94–96). The female specimens of this species and of N. gamela are morphologically identical and only present differences in phenology, with N. famafa adults found in September.

DESCRIPTION: Male (PBI_OON 0003260): Total length 1.8. Cephalothorax: Carapace brown, sides finely reticulate. Sternum as long as wide, brown, furrow with rows of small pits, anterior margin with continuous transverse groove (fig. 93). Mouthparts: Chelicerae, endites, and labium brown, paturon inner margins lack modified seta, with scattered setae (fig. 95). Abdomen: ovoid. Dorsal scutum brown, middle surface and sides smooth. Postepigastric scutum brown, long, semicircular, covering nearly full length of abdomen (figs. 89–91). Legs: Dark red-brown, femora, basal half of tibiae darkened. Leg spination (only surfaces bearing spines listed, all spines longer than segment width): tibiae: I p0-0-2; r0-0-2; IV p0-0-1 (leg I: metatarsus ventral surface protruded). Genitalia: Epigastric region with sperm pore situated at level of anterior spiracles. Palp proximal segments pale orange; cymbium pale orange, with distal patch of setae; bulb pale orange. Embolus dorsal and ventral lamella with at least one apophysis each. Palp as in figures 110 and 111. Female (PBI_OON 0003938): Total length 2.0. As in male except as noted. Legs: Metatarsi III and IV weak ventral scopula absent. Leg spination (only surfaces bearing spines listed, all spines longer than segment width): tibiae: I, II p2-1-1; r1-1-1; IV p0-0-1; metatarsi: I, II p1-1-0; r1-1-0 (leg IV: spine on tibia IV smaller than those in tibia I and II). Genitalia: Genital opening slit shaped (figs. 97, 98).

MATERIAL EXAMINED: N = 3. Madagascar: Antananarivo: Station Forrestiere Angavokely , 22 km E Antananarivo, low canopy remnant forest, 1300 m, 18.92666°S, 47.75000°E, Sept. 08, 2001, D. Andriamalala, T. Andriambinintsoa, J.J. Rafanomezantsoa, D. Ubick, 2♀ ( CASC PBI _ OON 3938 ) .


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