Austrodomus zuluensis Lawrence, 1947

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 : 8

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

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http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5920083

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Austrodomus zuluensis Lawrence, 1947
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Austrodomus zuluensis Lawrence, 1947  

Figs 2 View FIGURE 2 B–F, 7A–C

Austrodomus zuluensis Lawrence, 1947: 10   , figs 3A–D (holotype female from Umfolosi Drift, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal [27°54’4.96”S 31°26’42.76”E], South Africa, lost); Cooke, 1964: 264, fig. 13.

Remarks. This species was redescribed based on two females collected close to the type locality. The species was identified as A. zuluensis   based on previous descriptions and illustrations ( Lawrence 1947; Cooke 1964). Although the holotype was considered lost by Cooke (1964), we prefer not to designate a neotype for A. zuluensis   to avoid future taxonomic inconsistency, since the holotype was not confirmed as destroyed, and therefore, can still be found.

Diagnosis. Females of Austrodomus zuluensis   resemble those of A. scaber   in having the posterior margin of the epigynal plate sinuous without posterior projections (present in A. oxoniensis   comb. nov.) ( Figs 7A View FIGURE 7 , 8D View FIGURE 8 ), but differ by the vulva with the laterally convoluted part of the copulatory ducts slender, less than 1/3 of proximal part width (almost the same width in A. scaber   ) and by the presence of a well-defined primary spermathecae (absent in A. scaber   ) ( Fig. 7B View FIGURE 7 ). Females are unknown.

Description. Female (NCA 2008/4287). Total length: 3.90. Carapace 1.30 long, 0.97 wide; Abdomen 2.45 long, 1.57 wide; Sternum 0.94 long, 0.69 wide; Spinnerets ALS 0.29 long, 0.24 wide. Eye diameters: AME 0.08, ALE 0.07, PME 0.10, PLE 0.09; interdistances: AME–AME 0.04, PME–PME 0.03. Chelicerae 0.36 long. Leg measurements: I: 4.38 (1.20, 0.84, 0.88, 0.72, 0.74); II: 3.30 (0.96, 0.60, 0.64, 0.58, 0.52); III: 2.80 (0.72, 0.42, 0.52, 0.54, 0.60); IV: (1.24, 0.70, -, -, -). Leg spination: III—tibia v0-0-2; metatarsus v0-0-2. Epigyne: copulatory openings large, separated from each other by their width ( Fig. 7A View FIGURE 7 ). Vulva: proximal part of copulatory ducts running almost parallel to each other ( Fig. 7B View FIGURE 7 ).

Male. Unknown.

Variation. Total length (2 females): 2.95–3.90.

Distribution. South Africa and Mozambique ( Fig. 10 View FIGURE 10 ).

Material examined. SOUTHAFRICA: KwaZulu-Natal , Ndumo Game Reserve, 26°32’39.98’’S 32°09’16.59’’E, 1 female, 13 June 2005, C. Haddad leg. ( NCA 2008 /4287). GoogleMaps   MOZAMBIQUE: Inhaca Island, 26°01’S 032°54’E, 1 female, 16–30 October 1993, T. Steyn leg. ( MRAC 215986 View Materials ) GoogleMaps   .

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Tavera, Department of Geology and Geophysics

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Arachnida

Order

Araneae

Family

Prodidomidae

Genus

Austrodomus

Loc

Austrodomus zuluensis Lawrence, 1947

Rodrigues, Bruno V. B. & Rheims, Cristina A. 2020
2020
Loc

Austrodomus zuluensis

Cooke, J. A. L. 1964: 264
Lawrence, R. F. 1947: 10
1947