Zelotibia fosseyae, Nzigidahera & Jocqué, 2009

Nzigidahera, Benoît & Jocqué, Rudy, 2009, An of Zelotibia (Araneae, Gnaphosidae), a spider genus with a species swarm in the Albertine Rift, ZooKeys 13 (13), pp. 1-28 : 13

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Zelotibia fosseyae

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Zelotibia fosseyae View in CoL sp. n.


Figs 4 View Figures 1-11 , 19 View Figures 17-26 , 29 View Figures 27-36 , 38

Material examined. Type material Holotype. Female. BURUNDI: Parc National de la Kibira, Mont Musumba, 2°52’ S 29°30’E, 10.VI.2008, site 2, 2548 m, forest with Hagenia abyssinica , pitfalls, Nzigidahera Benoît ( MRAC 226255 View Materials ). GoogleMaps

Paratype. 1♀: 10.VI.2008, remainder as holotype ( MRAC 226404) .

Other material. All from BURUNDI, Parc National de la Kibira , Rwegura, Mt Musumba, 02°52’S 029°30’E, Nzigidahera B., 1♀: 10.X.2008, site 1, 2650 m, mountain heather, Philippia benguelensi ( INECN) GoogleMaps ; 1 ♀: 26.I.2008, remainder as previous ( MRAC 226343 View Materials ) ; 1♀: 10.III.2008 ( MRAC 226341 View Materials ) ; 1♀: 25.XII.2008 ( MRAC 226342 View Materials ) ; 1 ♀: 26.I.2008 ( MRAC 226343 View Materials ) ; 1♀: 10.I.2009, site 2, 2548m, forest with Hagenia abyssinica , remainder as previous ( INECN) ; 1♀: 25.VII.2008, remainder as previous ( INECN) .

Diagnosis. Females of Zelotibia fosseyae are recognized by the epigyne with small pointed scape with sinuous, strongly sclerotised sides above the copulatory slits.

Etymology. The specific name “ fosseyae ” is a patronym in honour of Diane Fossey, who studied Mountain Gorillas for many years in the Virunga national Park of Rwanda.

Description. Female holotype ( Fig. 4 View Figures 1-11 ): Total length 5.20, carapace 2.00 long, 1.60 wide. Carapace chestnut brown suffused with black, with darker striae radiating from short fovea. Eyes AME area dark, anterior row recurved, posterior row straight. AME: 0.08; ALE: 0.11; PME: 0.08; PLE: 0.1; AME-AME: 0.07; AME-ALE: 0.02; PME-PME: 0.05; PME-PLE: 0.02. Chelicerae chestnut brown. Sternum pale brownish orange, with long hairs around margin. Labium pale brownish orange. Legs pale brownish orange. Metatarsi III and IV with ventral preening comb at tip. Abdomen Dorsum dark grey, with dorsal scutum; tuft of bristles at anterior end; venter yellowish grey. Spinnerets pale grey. Epigyne ( Figs. 19 View Figures 17-26 , 29 View Figures 27-36 ) with small pointed scape in anterior half, its sides sinuous, strongly sclerotised, hiding, slit-shaped, copulatory openings; posterior margin with dense row of short setae. Copulatory ducts with short diverticulum near openings, S-shaped, ending in large, globular, adjacent spermathecae.

Male unknown.

Distribution. Known only from the type locality Mt Musumba in Kibira National Park, Burundi ( Fig.38 View Figure 38 ).


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