Pochyta minuta, Wesołowska & Szűts, 2021

Wesołowska, Wanda & Szűts, Tamás, 2021, A revision of the genus Pochyta Simon, with descriptions of new species (Araneae: Salticidae: Thiratoscirtina), Zootaxa 5052 (1), pp. 1-41 : 24

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5052.1.1

publication LSID

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DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5565921

persistent identifier

https://treatment.plazi.org/id/03BE8A22-FFEC-FFF3-FF53-B3DF60FAF95F

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scientific name

Pochyta minuta
status

sp. n.

Pochyta minuta sp. n.

Figs 93–96 View FIGURES 93–96

Type material. Holotype, female: NIGERIA: Cross River State, 30 km N of Calabar , 5°02’N 8°24’E, 19.IV.1980, leg. J. Reid ( FSCA). GoogleMaps

Diagnosis. The internal epigyne structure of this species is similar to that in P. pulchra —the seminal ducts are very short in both species—but the copulatory openings are placed next to each other in P. minuta sp. n., while slightly separated in P. pulchra (compare Fig. 96 View FIGURES 93–96 with Fig. 113 View FIGURES 110–113 ). Further, P. pulchra has two shallow depressions in the epigyne that are lacking in P. minuta sp. n. (compare Fig. 95 View FIGURES 93–96 with Fig. 111 View FIGURES 110–113 ).

Etymology. The specific name is Latin, meaning tiny, and refers to small size of the epigyne.

Description. Male unknown.

Female. Measurements. Cephalothorax: length 2.3, width 1.6, height 1.0. Eye field: length 1.0, anterior width 1.5, posterior width 1.4. Abdomen: length 2.6, width 1.9. General appearance as in Fig. 93 View FIGURES 93–96 . Carapace high, yellowish, thin dark line along margins, all eyes surrounded by black rings, two greyish-brown bands on thoracic part, starting from posterior lateral eyes and joining at posterior carapace edge (they form V). White hairs frame anterior median eyes from bottom. Some fine light hairs on carapace. Mouthparts and sternum light yellow. Greyish-beige mosaic on abdominal dorsum, whitish herring-bone shaped pattern medially, venter and spinnerets light. Few brown hairs on abdomen dorsally. Legs long, thin, whitish-yellow, with brownish hairs and spines, sharp hairs on femora I ventrally. Very long spines on ventral surface of first leg (four pairs on tibia and three pairs on metatarsus— Fig. 94 View FIGURES 93–96 ), two additional shorter spines on tibia prolaterally. Patella I without spines. Single retrolateral spine on palpal tarsus. Epigyne small, weakly sclerotized ( Fig. 95 View FIGURES 93–96 ). Copulatory openings placed mesially, seminal ducts very short, spermathecae bean-shaped ( Fig. 96 View FIGURES 93–96 ).

Distribution. Known only from the type locality.

FSCA

Florida State Collection of Arthropods, The Museum of Entomology

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Arachnida

Order

Araneae

Family

Salticidae

Genus

Pochyta