Eremobates affinis, Kraepelin 1899

Harms, Danilo & Dupérré, Nadine, 2018, An annotated type catalogue of the camel spiders (Arachnida: Solifugae) held in the Zoological Museum Hamburg, Zootaxa 4375 (1), pp. 1-58 : 28

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Eremobates affinis


Datames affinis Kraepelin 1899

Kraepelin 1899: 242–243, figs 20a–b (as D. affinis n. sp.)

Type locality and specimens. Arkansas. Collectio E. Simon.

Oldest label. Datames affinis Krpln , ♂ ♀ ex. typis, E. Simon, 9.VIII.1899, Arkansas ( Kraepelin handwriting)

Adidtional label. Eremoperna affinis (Krpl.) 1♂, 1♀ (ex Typ.)— Arkansas . Roewer det. 1931— No. 8484 (Roewer handwriting).

Type material. Syntypes 1 ♂, 1♀ (ZMH-A0000205).

Taxonomic remarks. The specimens belong to the Simon collection and were probably exchanged with Kraepelin (Label “ex. typis). Muma (1970: 16) noted that “the types in MNHN agree with Kraepelin's (1899) description in color and morphology but not with Roewer's (1932) statement of 4:4 ctenidia on the male. The female paratype (ex typis) in ZSM is not conspecific with the male, it is a specimen of Eremorhax formidabilis (Simon) ”. Brookhart and Brookhart (2006, p. 308) stated that “male and female syntypes from Arizona, USA, no locality. No. 7297, Roewer No. 9129 (ZSM). These specimens agree with Kraepelin’s (1899) description and are therefore the types of the species. Muma’s (1970) type designation for E. affinis in MNHN are not the types”. But then Brookhart and Brookhart (2006, p. 303) also mention in the type material of Eremocosta formidabilis ( Simon 1879) “ Datames affinis : Male holotype and female allotype from Arizona, USA; No. 7297, Roewer No. 9129 (MNHN)”. Obviously, there is confusion about type determination and the ZMH specimens are best considered syntypes (and not paratypes as in Weidner 1959) until the specimens at the MNHN can be re-examined. It should be noted that Roewer (1934:561) corrected a potential mistake by Kraepelin when he re-examined the Simon collection in Paris: the type specimen carries Kraepelin’s original label (“Typus”) and has an additional label by Simon that gives the type locality as ‘Arizona’ (not Arkansas).

Current systematic position. Eremobatidae , Eremobates affinis ( Kraepelin 1899) .