Sicarius testaceus Purcell, 1908

Lotz, L. N., 2012, Present status of Sicariidae (Arachnida: Araneae) in the Afrotropical region, Zootaxa 3522, pp. 1-41: 12-13

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scientific name

Sicarius testaceus Purcell, 1908
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Sicarius testaceus Purcell, 1908  

( Figs. 2E, 3E, 4F, 7B)

Sicarius testaceus Purcell, 1908: 224   ; Newlands 1986: 57, f. 30–32.

Types: 3♀ and 1juv. from South Africa: Kamaggas [Komaggas], [2948'S, 1730'E], L. Schultze, July 1904 [ SAMC collection] [examined in part, see note]   .

Note: Purcell’s (1908) description mentions 3 females and 1 juvenile, but no collection number. A juvenile specimen in the SAMC collection (SAM-ENW-X 150520) was located with the label reading: Sicarius testaceus Purc.   / ♀ (ex typ.) / Kamaggas, L Namaq. / L. Schultze 7107. If this was the vial with the types used by Purcell, then the 3 females seem to be lost. A male from the type locality and females from the distribution area were also looked at   .

Diagnosis: Leg femora in both sexes with long, medially widened setae dorsal ( Fig. 2E), wider than in all other species and not scoop shaped as in S. spatulatus   . Male embolus ending in a thin pointed apex ( Fig. 3E), this is similar to most of the other species except for S. spatulatus   where the embolus apex is broad and blunt. Female spermathecae ( Fig. 4F) consist of four or more long finger-like sacs that branch of away from the copulatory tube end in a similar way to S. damarensis   and S. hahni   , but not like S. albospinosus   , in S. dolichocephalus   the spermathecae is unbranched and in S. spatulatus   there is a multitude of spherical spermathecae; the copulatory tube has a short extension tube at the base and is narrow over most of its length, with a slight lateral hump distal in some specimens; in S. albospinosus   the distal widening lateral is triangular, in S. damarensis   it is a smooth arc and in S. hahni   it is rounded humps or short finger-like extentions.

Female: (CAS specimen from Papensdorp): TL = 13.5; CL = 5.8; CW = 5.9; CLL = 0.8. AME-LE 0.7; Eye diameter 0.2.

Leg measurements:

Distribution: Sicarius testaceus   is distributed in the south-western part of South Africa ( Fig. 7B).

SAMC

Iziko Museums of Cape Town

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Arachnida

Order

Araneae

Family

Sicariidae

Genus

Sicarius

Loc

Sicarius testaceus Purcell, 1908

Lotz, L. N. 2012
2012
Loc

Sicarius testaceus

Newlands, G. 1986: 57
Purcell, W. F. 1908: 224
1908