Charinus madagascariensis Fage, 1954

Miranda, Gustavo Silva de, Giupponi, Alessandro P. L., Prendini, Lorenzo & Scharff, Nikolaj, 2021, Systematic revision of the pantropical whip spider family Charinidae Quintero, 1986 (Arachnida, Amblypygi), European Journal of Taxonomy 772, pp. 1-409: 140-142

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Charinus madagascariensis Fage, 1954


Charinus madagascariensis Fage, 1954  

Figs 10K–L View Fig , 80–81 View Fig View Fig ; Table 5

Charinus madagascariensis Fage, 1954: 183–184   , figs 1, 3.

Charinus madagascariensis   – Lawrence 1969: 86. — Remillet 1973: 142. — Legendre 1972: 435. — Weygoldt 1972b: 123; 2000b: 346. — Delle Cave 1986: 157, fig. II. — Harvey 2003: 6.

Non Charinus jeanneli Simon, 1936   – Fage 1946a: 260–262, fig. 2 (misidentification).


Charinus madagascariensis   differs from C. africanus   and C. fagei   in the count of spines on the pedipalp tarsus, with three spines in C. madagascariensis   compared with two spines in the other species. It differs from C. loko   sp. nov. in the higher count of spines on the pedipalp segments, and from C. milloti   and C. susuwa   sp. nov. in the well-developed median and lateral eyes.


Although unspecified, the name of the species is evidently an adjective referring to Madagascar, the country in which the species was found.

Type material

Syntypes MADAGASCAR • 1 ♀, 1 ♂ [without gonopod], 1 adult [without gonopod], 2 juv.; Antsiranana Province, Nosy Bé Island, Réserve naturelle de Lokoubé [as Lokobe]; [13°23′59.47″ S, 48°18′58.76″ E]; Sep. 1947; J. Millot leg.; MNHN GoogleMaps   .

Additional material

MADAGASCAR • 1 juv.; same collection data as for syntypes; MNHN GoogleMaps   1 ♂ and 2 juv.; same collection data as for syntypes; MNHN 112 View Materials GoogleMaps   1 ♀, 1 ♂; Ankari Sud; Ankarana ; [12°55′00.71″ S, 49°08′36.78″ E]; MNHN GoogleMaps   2 ♀♀, 2 juv.; Mahajanga [ Majunga ]; [15°43′ S, 46°18′59.96″ E]; 1947; J. Millot leg.; MNHN GoogleMaps   .


CARAPACE. Six short anterior setae ( Fig. 81A–B View Fig ); frontal process long; anterolateral border of carapace slightly projected anteriorly. Small granules densely scattered between ocular triads and among sulci. Median eyes well developed, median ocular tubercle shallow, with pair of setae ( Fig. 81A–B View Fig ); lateral eyes well developed, seta posterior to lateral ocular triad; lateral ocular triad well separated from carapace margin.

STERNUM. Tritosternum projected anteriorly with typical setation; other sternal platelets wide, with one seta at each lateral border and some smaller setae in between; pentasternum with two setae anteriorly and pair of setae in membranous region.

OPISTHOSOMA. Ventral sacs and ventral sac cover absent.

GENITALIA. Anterior margin of female genital operculum with rounded projection medially and suckerlike gonopod; genital operculum with several prominent setae ventrally, and several longer, narrower setae near margin; gonopod unsclerotized basally. Male gonopod dorsal lobe with apex projected slightly; lateral lobe 2 fimbriate

CHELICERAE. Small tooth projecting from retrolateral surface of basal segment, opposite to bifid tooth ( Fig. 10L View Fig ); retrolateral surface of claw with row of setae extending basally to medially; claw with five teeth ( Fig. 10K–L View Fig ); row of 9–11 setae on prolateral surface of basal segment; bifid tooth on basal segment with dorsal cusp larger than ventral cusp.

PEDIPALPS. Coxal dorsal carina with three setae on margin and without seta encircled by round carina. Femur with five or six dorsal spines (distal spine very small) and four ventral spines; small spine between dorsal spines 1 and 2, and spines 2 and 3 ( Fig. 81A–B View Fig ); small spines between all ventral spines of primary series; large spine proximal to ventral spine 1, one-third length of spine 1; three prominent setiferous tubercles between spine 1 and proximal margin, first two spines long, with geminate base. Patella with six or seven dorsal spines; prominent setiferous tubercle distal to spine I, one-third length of spine I ( Fig. 81A–B View Fig ); five or six ventral spines; broad spine distal to spine I, between spine I and distal margin, one-third length of spine I. Tibia with ventral spine distally and seta between spine and distal margin. Tarsus with three dorsal spines, one medially on tarsus and two near proximal margin; dorsalmost spine larger among the proximal spines, about twice length of ventralmost spine; ventralmost and distal spines aligned and subequal in length; some long, slender setae between distal spine and distal margin; cleaning organ with 28–29 setae in ventral row.

LEGS. Tibia of leg I with 23 articles; tarsus I with 41 articles; first tarsal article almost four times length of second article (mean length of first article: 0.78 mm; mean length of second article: 0.22 mm; n= 4). Leg IV basitibia with four pseudo-articles, trichobothrium bt situated in distal third of pseudo-article; distitibia trichobothrium bc situated closer to sbf than to bf, sc and sf series each with five trichobothria.


See Table 5.


Known from northern Madagascar.


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Charinus madagascariensis Fage, 1954

Miranda, Gustavo Silva de, Giupponi, Alessandro P. L., Prendini, Lorenzo & Scharff, Nikolaj 2021

Charinus madagascariensis

Harvey M. S. 2003: 6
Weygoldt P. 2000: 346
Delle Cave L. 1986: 157
Remillet M. 1973: 142
Legendre R. 1972: 435
Weygoldt P. 1972: 123
Lawrence R. F. 1969: 86

Charinus madagascariensis

Fage L. 1954: 184

Charinus jeanneli

Fage L. 1946: 260