Ranops wandae, Jocqué & Henrard, 2020

Jocqué, Rudy & Henrard, Arnaud, 2020, Three new species of the genus Ranops (Araneae: Zodariidae) from southern Africa, Zootaxa 4899 (1), pp. 186-200 : 194-196

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Ranops wandae

sp. nov.

Ranops wandae sp. nov.

Figures 7 View FIGURE 7 A–E, 8A–E

Diagnosis. Males of R. wandae sp. nov. are recognized by the large MA and the shape and position of the RTA: curved upward with a straight distal section and inserted ventrolaterally ( Figs 7 View FIGURE 7 C–D, 8A–B). Females are characterized by the epigyne with a drop-shaped central plate ( Figs 7E View FIGURE 7 , 8 View FIGURE 8 C–D).

Etymology. The species name is a matronym for Wanda Wesołowska (Wrocław, Poland), in recognition of her work on Afrotropical Salticidae .

Description. Female (Holotype, SMNW 38382). Total length 3.26. Carapace: length 1.66, width 1.15. Carapace height 0.45.

Colour ( Fig. 7A View FIGURE 7 ). Carapace medium brown; darker around AME; chelicerae, labium and endites medium brown; sternum medium brown with darker margin; legs and palps yellow; abdomen dorsum and sides dark grey, without pattern; spinnerets pale yellow.

Carapace ( Fig. 7A View FIGURE 7 ). Anterior part slightly narrowed with lateral margins roughly parallel-sided, posterior part broader with lateral margins slightly rounded. With sparse cover of silvery setae.

Eyes. ALE 0.08; AME 0.13; PLE 0.08; PME 0.10; ALE-AME 0.05; AME-AME 0.07; PME-PME 0.20; MOQ 0.33 wide in front, 0.39 wide at posterior end, 0.31 long. Clypeus 0.25 high.

Sternum. 0.70 long and 0.86 wide.

Legs. Densely covered with flattened incised setae. Fe with one dorsal spine near base.

Leg measurements

Abdomen. With sparse cover of setae.

Epigyne ( Figs 7E View FIGURE 7 , 8 View FIGURE 8 C–E). With narrow median plate, posterior part rounded, strongly narrowed towards the front. Vulva: spermathecae stout, with 2 oval chambers: dorsal one larger, ventral one smaller, situated laterally.

Male (Paratype, NMNW 39752). Total length: 2.24. Carapace: length 1.31, width 1.09, height 0.32.

Colour ( Fig. 7B View FIGURE 7 ). Carapace medium brown, mottled with dark; eye region black; chelicerae, labium and endites dark brown; sternum dark brown; legs: cx and tr yellow; Fe medium brown, remaining leg parts yellow; palps yellowish brown proximally, yellow distally; abdomen: dorsum and sides dark grey without pattern.

Leg measurements Abdomen. Venter sclerotized.

Palp ( Figs 7 View FIGURE 7 C–D, 8A–B): Cymbium flat, without chemosensitive setae, with one distal and one prolateral, subdistal spine; RTA inserted ventrolaterally, curved upward, with distal section straight and sharp; subtegulum hidden by tegulum; MA massive, strongly curved, distal part tapered with blunt tip reaching posterior half of tegulum; E long, slightly curved sub-distally, reaching halfway along distal part of cymbium; without distal tegular apophysis.

Type material: Holotype ♀: NAMIBIA: Rossing Mine Survey , Arandis site, 22°22’S 14°59’E, leg. J. Irish & H. Rust, 23.X–13.XI.1984 (pitfalls) ( SMNW 38382 ). GoogleMaps

Paratypes: NAMIBIA: as holotype, 1♀ ( SMNW 38381 ); Karossfontein 19°21’S 16°31’E, 7.X–14.XI.1986, leg. E. Griffin (pitfalls), 1³ ( NMNW 39752 View Materials ) GoogleMaps .

Other material examined. NAMIBIA: Dorsland at junction of two roads of mining camp 18°46’S, 14°44’E, 8.X–14.XI.1986, leg. E. Griffin (pitfalls), 2³ 1♀ 1 juv. ( NMNW 39737 View Materials ) GoogleMaps ; As preceding, 14.V–16.XI.1986, 1³ ( NMNW 39346 View Materials ) ; Rossing Mine Survey , Panner Gorge, 22°29’S, 15°01’E, leg. J. Irish & H. Rust, 20.XI–18.XII.1984 (pitfalls), 2³ ( NMNW 38477 View Materials ) GoogleMaps ; W of Kamaseb , 19°04’S, 16°41’E, leg. E. Griffin, 12.X–11.XI.1986 (pitfalls), 1³ ( NMNW 39557 View Materials ) GoogleMaps .

Distribution. Ranops wandae sp. nov. has a wide distribution in Namibia ( Fig. 9 View FIGURE 9 ).