Eusparassus borakalalo, Moradmand, 2013

Moradmand, Majid, 2013, The stone huntsman spider genus <i> Eusparassus </ i> (Araneae: Sparassidae): systematics and zoogeography with revision of the African and Arabian species, Zootaxa 3675 (1), pp. 1-108: 58

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http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3675.1.1

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scientific name

Eusparassus borakalalo
status

spec. nov.

Eusparassus borakalalo   spec. nov.

Figs 34, 55c, 64g

Type material. Holotype: female, SOUTH AFRICA: Limpopo Province: Borakalalo Nature Reserve, Rust de Winter , S 25.15 ˚, E 28.29 ˚, in grass, April 1986, M. Filmer leg. ( PPRI 87 View Materials /137, MM65). GoogleMaps  

Paratype (1♀): SOUTH AFRICA: Gauteng Province   : 1♀, Johannesburg, October 1995, A. Harrington leg. ( PPRI 2001 View Materials /94, MM68)   .

Etymology. The species is named after the type locality; noun in apposition.

Diagnosis. This species is the only known member of the jaegeri   -group whose EF is distinctly wider than long ( Figs 34a, f) [see also diagnosis for jaegeri   species group above].

Description Female (n=2) [holotype first with measurements of paratype in parenthesis]:

Measurements. Medium sized; total length 12.1, prosoma length 6.4 (5.7), prosoma width 5.7 (4.9), anterior width of prosoma 3.4 (3.1), opisthosoma length 9.3 (7.0), opisthosoma width 5.1 (4.5). Eye diameters: AME 0.41, ALE 0.30, PME 0.28, PLE 0.33; eye interdistances: AME-AME 0.27, AME-ALE 0.11, PME-PME 0.48, PME- PLE 0.50, AME-PME 0.25, ALE-PLE 0.23, clypeus height at AME 0.30, clypeus height at ALE 0.35. AME largest (~1.4 times larger), others subequal ( Fig. 34e).

Chelicerae. Chelicerae with 2 anterior and 4 or 5 posterior teeth (2 or 3 larger teeth followed by smaller ones), cheliceral furrow with a median line of 8 to 10 intermarginal denticles ( Fig. 34d).

Legs. Leg formula: II IV I III. Measurements of palp and legs: Palp 7.0 [2.1, 1.2, 1.5, 2.2], I 22.3 [5.9, 3.0, 5.3, 6.1, 2.0], II 24.9 [7.0, 3.0, 6.2, 6.7, 2.0], III 20.5 [5.7, 2.5, 4.8, 5.1, 1.8], IV 23.1 [6.1, 2.5, 6.1, 6.4, 2.0].

Spination. Palp 131, 001, 1111, 1013; Legs: Femur I–III 323, IV 321(322); Patella I–IV 000; Tibia I–IV 0004/ 2024; Metatarsus I–III 2024, IV 3036/3034.

Epigyne/vulva. As in diagnosis with AMLL straight ( Fig. 34a) or with bulge ( Fig. 34f), posterior margin of LL expanded laterally ( Fig. 34a); CD slender and in connection with membranous MS, TL visible in dorsal view ( Fig. 34b); glandular pores restricted to small circular depression on vulva ( Fig. 34c).

Colouration [in ethanol]. Yellowish brown, opisthosoma darker dorsally with a line of small dark chevrons ( Fig. 55c).

Male. Unknown.

Known geographical distribution and habitat. South Africa (central), sympatric in some area with E. jaegeri   spec. nov., collected in grass.