Thyene pulchra Peckham & Peckham 1903

Hill, David E. & Mariante, Rafael M., 2019, Review of specimens corresponding to three species of Thyene (Araneae: Salticidae: Plexippini) in the Peckham Collection, Peckhamia 185 (1), pp. 1-12: 10-12

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Thyene pulchra Peckham & Peckham 1903


Thyene pulchra Peckham & Peckham 1903  

There are two vials (MCZ:IZ:22787: 6 females, labeled as the type, and MCZ:IZ:151905: 2 females and 2 penultimate males, all from Durban) representing Thyene pulchra   in the Peckham Collection ( Figures 9- 10 View Figure 9 View Figure 10 ). In their description the Peckhams (1903) listed only 5 females from Durban. Although the dorsal view of the female Thyene coccineovittata   drawn by Berland & Millot (1941; Figure 1 View Figure 1 :71B) agrees with the Peckhams description of the female T. pulchra   , to date this species has maintained a separate identity. Our female Thyene cf. pulchra   from Brazil ( Mariante & Hill 2018; to be updated in the near future) also agrees in general appearance with the original description of this species by the Peckhams as well as the more recent description by Wesołowska & Haddad (2009).

The dark, paired spots of the posterodorsal opisthosoma of this species are faded but still visible in the older specimens ( Figure 9 View Figure 9 ). The epigynum ( Figure 10 View Figure 10 ) is very lightly sclerotized, and in recent specimens ( Wesołowska & Haddad 2009) only the "parentheses" situated toward the anterior end of the epigynal plate are readily visible from the exterior. Sclerotization of these structures is much lighter than that seen in the female T. ogdeni   ( Figure 8 View Figure 8 ). The Peckhams' drawing of the epigynum of T. pulchra   ( Figure 10 View Figure 10 :9) is confusing, but can best be interpreted as a sketch of the sclerotized "parentheses" of the syntype shown in Figure 10 View Figure 10 :3, with the anterior end drawn at the bottom of the figure. Presently the best reference description for the female T. pulchra   (male not known) can be found in Wesołowska & Haddad (2009).