Clubiona diniensis Simon, 1878

Bosmans, Robert, Henrard, Arnaud, Benhalima, Souâd & Kherbouche-Abrous, Ourida, 2017, The genus Clubiona Latreille, 1904 (Araneae: Clubionidae) in the Maghreb, with notes on the genevensis group and new records from the Mediterranean Region, Zootaxa 4353 (1), pp. 1-28: 5-8

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Clubiona diniensis Simon, 1878


Clubiona diniensis Simon, 1878  

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Clubiona diniensis Simon, 1878: 238   (holotype ♂ from France, Alpes de Haute Provence, vallée de la Bléone, MNHNP, not examined); Simon 1932: 924, 929, 967, figs 1408, 1418 (♂, ♀); Urones 1985: 47; Barrientos et al. 2016: 97 (♂). Clubiona baborensis Denis, 1937: 1050   (two ♀♀ syntypes from Algeria, Wilaya de Setif, Zouagha forest, 9 and 15.V.1936, probably in MNHNP, not examined). N. Syn.

Note. Clubiona baborensis   was described from Algeria by Denis (1937) and only the female is known. We captured several females, corresponding completely with Denis’ excellent figure of the epigyne, together with males. Both are identical to C. diniensis Simon, 1878   and C. baborensis Denis, 1937   therefore becomes its junior synonym.

Diagnosis. Males of C. diniensis   can be recognized by the long palpal tibia (nearly twice as long as wide) ( Fig. 11 View FIGURES 9–15 ) and by the embolus originating anteriorly ( Figs 12 View FIGURES 9–15 , 17 View FIGURES 16–19 ). In the other species of the genevensis   group, the palpal tibia is much shorter and the embolus originates in basal or median part of the bulbus. Females are distinguished from the other species of the genevensis   group by the presence of two distinct oval atria in the epigyne ( Figs 13 View FIGURES 9–15 , 18 View FIGURES 16–19 ).

Description. Last description of the male by Barrientos et al. (2016) and of the female by Denis (1937). Previous citations in the Maghreb. ALGERIA: Mila: Zouagha forest ( Denis 1937; type locality of C. baborensis   ).

New records. AFRICA: ALGERIA: Aïn Defla: Djebel Zaccar, Aïn N’ Sour , 900m, 1 ♀, litter in Quercus ilex   forest, 18.V.1988, R. Bosmans leg. (CRB)   . Alger: Bainem , 250m, 1 ♀, under stones in Quercus ilex   forest, 16.IV.1989 (CRB)   . Bejaia: Tichy S., 50m, 3 ♀♀, litter in herbs along Oued Djemaa , 20.V.1988, R. Bosmans leg. (CRB)   . Blida: Atlas Blidéen, Chréa, 830m, 2 ♂♂ 1 ♀, pitfalls in Pinus halepensis   forest, 12.IV.1987, R. Bosmans leg. (CRB)   . Boumerdes: Réghaia , 45m, 2 ♂♂ 1 ♀, beating in Quercus suber   forest, 14.II.1988, R. Bosmans leg. (CRB)   . El Tarf: El Kala National Park, 10m, 1 ♂, pitfalls at border of Lake Oubeira , 30.III.1988, R. Bosmans leg. (CRB)   . Oran: Forêt de Msila, 400m, 1 ♂, sieving litter in Quercus suber   forest, 25.IV.1984, R. Bosmans leg.  

(CRB). Skikda: Collo, Tamanart, 15m, 1 ♀, under stones in maquis, 6.VI.1987, R. Bosmans leg. (CRB)   . Tlemcen: Forêt de Tal Terny , 2 ♂♂, pitfalls in Quercus ilex   forest, 24.V.1990, R. Bosmans leg. (CRB); Mansourah, Plateau de Lalla Setti, 975m   , 1 ♀, litter in dry Pinus halepensis   forest, 6.V.1984 (CRB). MOROCCO: Fès-Meknès: Taza, Dar Caid Medboh, 950m   , 2 ♂♂, sieving litter in Pinus halepensis   forest, 15.XII.2013, R. Bosmans leg. (CRB). TUNISIA: Jendouba: Ras Rajel, 200m   , 1 ♀, beating in Quercus suber   forest, 8.V.2006, R. Bosmans leg. (CRB). EUROPE: PORTUGAL: Faro: Marmelete-Casais, Ribera Alfambras, 1 ♀, beating in Quercus suber   forest, 22.V.2007   , R. Bosmans leg. (CRB); Sagres W., 1 ♀, beating Pinus   , 22.V.2007   , R. Bosmans leg. (CRB). SPAIN: Caceres: Plasencia , 1 ♂ 3 ♀♀, 13.V.1991   , P. Poot leg. (CRB). Cádiz: Tarifa   , 1 ♂, III.1992, P. Poot leg. (CRB). Toledo: between Zarzuelo del Monte and Ituero, 2 ♂♂ 2 ♀♀, under stones in open Quercus ilex   forest, 1. IV.1997   , R. Bosmans leg. (CRB). FRANCE: Hérault: Popian , 1 ♀, 25.V.1986   , P. Poot leg., R. Bosmans leg. (CRB). Aude: Sigean , île de l’Aute, 1♀, beating shrubs   , A. Henrard leg., 26.V.2012 (CAH). Var: Brue-Auriac , D 35, 311 m, 2 ♂♂, maquis in Pinus   forest, 03.V.2015, P. Oger leg. (CPO).  

Ecology. In the Maghreb, C. diniensis   lives in all types of forests from the seaside up to 800m. Adult males were collected from December to May, adult females from February to June.

Distribution. Clubiona diniensis   appears to be a common species in Algeria but rare in Morocco and Tunisia. It was originally described from France, Alpes-de-Haute Provence ( Simon 1878) and also cited from the French departments Aude, Var and Pyrénées-Orientales, from Catalunya in Spain ( Simon 1932) and from Coimbra in Portugal ( Bertkau 1893). Later, it was rarely collected. Soyer (1963) found it in the Bouches-du-Rhône, France, Caporiacco (1949) in Romagna, Italy, Urones (1985) and Barrientos et al. (2016) in Spain and Cardoso et al. (2008a, b) in Portugal.

MAP 1. Records of Clubiona decora Blackwall, 1859   and C. diniensis Simon, 1878   in the Maghreb and Madeira.


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Clubiona diniensis Simon, 1878

Bosmans, Robert, Henrard, Arnaud, Benhalima, Souâd & Kherbouche-Abrous, Ourida 2017

Clubiona diniensis

Barrientos 2016: 97
Urones 1985: 47
Denis 1937: 1050
Simon 1932: 924
Simon 1878: 238