Eleleis limpopo, Rodrigues & Rheims, 2020

Rodrigues, Bruno V. B. & Rheims, Cristina A., 2020, An overview of the African genera of Prodidominae spiders: descriptions and remarks (Araneae: Gnaphosidae), Zootaxa 4799 (1), pp. 1-80: 19-22

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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4799.1.1

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http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03EE8789-3B4D-A16B-6AEC-F98FAB13FEF3

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scientific name

Eleleis limpopo
status

sp. nov.

Eleleis limpopo   sp. nov.

Figs 11F, G View FIGURE 11 , 12A View FIGURE 12 , 14 View FIGURE 14 A–F, 15A–F, 16A–F, 17A–F, 19A –F

Type material. Male holotype from South Africa, Limpopo, Tuinplaas, Springbokvlakte , 24°53′60″S 28°43′48″E, 9 January 2002, M. van Jaarsveld leg., deposited in NCA 2002 GoogleMaps   / 751. Paratypes with same locality data and collector as holotype: 1 female, 11 January 2001 ( NCA 2002 /752); 2 males, 24 July 2002 ( NCA 2003 /715) GoogleMaps   .

Etymology. The specific name refers to the province of the type locality, and it is noun in apposition.

Diagnosis. Eleleis limpopo   sp. nov. differs from other species of the genus by the strong brown coloration of the carapace and legs ( Fig. 12A View FIGURE 12 ). Males resemble those of E. okavango   sp.nov. by the RTA subdistally bent ventrally, but differ by RTA with the tip pointing upwards in retrolateral view (tip twisted in retrolateral view in E. okavango   sp. nov.) ( Fig. 19C View FIGURE 19 ). Females resemble those of E. crinita   , E. okavango   sp. nov. and E. luderitz   sp. nov. by the median atrium smaller than the posterior median excavation, but differ by the atrium slightly wider than long (longer than wide in E. okavango   sp. nov. and E. luderitz   sp. nov.) and posterior median excavation longer than wide (wider than long in E. crinita   ) ( Fig. 19D View FIGURE 19 ).

Description. Male (NCA 2002/751). Total length: 2.75. Carapace 1.24 long, 1.10 wide; Abdomen 1.52 long, 1.08 wide; Sternum 0.87 long, 0.69 wide; Spinnerets ALS 0.24 long, 0.14 wide. Eye diameters: AME 0.06, ALE 0.06, PME 0.06, PLE 0.10; interdistances: AME–AME 0.02, PME–PME 0.03. Chelicerae 0.39 long. Leg measurements: I: 3.13 (0.98, 0.55, 0.61, 0.50, 0.49); II: 2.68 (0.81, 0.45, 0.50, 0.49, 0.43); III: 2.30 (0.73, 0.35, 0.36, 0.44, 0.42); IV: 3.19 (0.94, 0.53, 0.63, 0.63, 0.48). Palp: tegular excavation to accommodate the embolus on posterior third of tegulum ( Fig. 19B View FIGURE 19 ).

Female (NCA 2002/752). Total length: 3.72. Carapace 1.24 long, 1.08 wide; Abdomen 2.30 long, 1.35 wide; Sternum 0.90 long, 0.72 wide; Spinnerets: ALS 0.22 long, 0.16 wide. Eye diameters: AME 0.06, ALE 0.06, PME 0.08, PLE 0.10; interdistances: AME–AME 0.02, PME–PME 0.04. Chelicerae 0.47 long. Leg measurements: I: 3.36 (1.05, 0.60, 0.63, 0.56, 0.53); II: 2.74 (0.88, 0.45, 0.50, 0.49, 0.43); III: 2.44 (0.73, 0.38, 0.44, 0.53, 0.38); IV: 3.38 (1.00, 0.55, 0.68, 0.65, 0.50). Epigyne: atrium with anterior margin strongly sclerotized; posterior median excavation strongly sclerotized, 1.5 times longer than wide. Vulva: proximal part of copulatory duct straight, running anteriorly; secondary spermathecae arising posteriorly from bulbous region of duct; fertilization ducts arising medialy from primary spermathecae ( Figs 19 View FIGURE 19 D–F).

Variation. Total length (5 males): 2.63–3.13; (5 females): 2.44–3.72.

Distribution. South Africa and Zambia ( Fig. 24 View FIGURE 24 ).

Other material examined. SOUTH AFRICA: Limpopo, Tuinplaas, Springbokvlakte   , 24°53′60″S 28°43′48″E, 1 male, 11 October 2001, M. van Jaarsveld leg. ( NCA 2003 /203) GoogleMaps   ; 1 male ( NCA 2003 /427)   ; 1 male, 13 September 2001 ( NCA 2002 /750)   ; 1 male and 1 female, 17 October 2002 ( NCA 2003 /473)   ; 1 male, 24 July 2002 ( NCA 2003 /429)   ; 1 male, 7 November 2001 ( NCA 2003 /886)   ; 1 male, 17 September 2002 ( NCA 2003 /829)   ; 1 male, 11 June 2002 ( NCA 2003 /476)   ; 2 males, 7 May 2002 ( NCA 2003 /474)   ; 1 female, 16 October 2002 ( NCA 2003 /475)   ; 1 female, 17 October 2002 ( NCA 2003 /828); Little Leigh, Western Soutpansberg   , 22°56′54.6″S 29°52′10.596″E, 1 female, 20 March 2006, D. Spengler leg. ( NCA 2009 /1702); Gauteng, Irene Gem Village Field GoogleMaps   , 25°52′5.988″S 28°13′3.972’’E, 1 male, 6 September 2013, P. Webb leg. ( NCA 2014 /2209); Mpumalanga, Marble Hall GoogleMaps   , 24°57′36″S 29°17′24″E, 1 male, 15 April 2003, M. Mellet leg. ( NCA 2004 /1215) GoogleMaps   . ZAMBIA: Choma, Wildlives Game Farm, Hunters Camp, 17°13′48″S 26°52′12″E, 1 male, 3 December 2006, C. Haddad et al. ( NCA 2007 /475) GoogleMaps   .

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Arachnida

Order

Araneae

Family

Prodidomidae

Genus

Eleleis