Thunberga malagassa ( Strand, 1907 ), Jäger, 2020

Jäger, Peter, 2020, Thunberga gen. nov., a new genus of huntsman spiders from Madagascar (Araneae: Sparassidae: Heteropodinae), Zootaxa 4790 (2), pp. 245-260: 251

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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4790.2.3

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scientific name

Thunberga malagassa ( Strand, 1907 )
status

comb. nov.

Thunberga malagassa ( Strand, 1907)   comb. nov.

Figs 17–22 View FIGURES 17–22 , 38–40 View FIGURES 32–40 , 47 View FIGURE 47

Olios malagassus Strand 1907: 558   (description of female; holotype female from Nossibé [=Nosy Be in Antsiranana Province, S 13°19’51’’, E 48°16’59’’, 100 m elevation], Museum Lübeck, presumably lost; see also Nentwig et al. 2020). Strand 1916: 71 GoogleMaps   (description of male; 1 male [ PJ 744], Madagascar, Nossibé [see above], A. Stumpff leg. 1881, SMF 4692, examined). Jäger & Kunz 2005: 170, figs 86–98 (illustration of male).  

Diagnosis. Medium-sized Sparassidae   (body length of male: 12.7). Males may be recognised by their embolus, basally broad and apically running a U-turn, resulting in a prolaterad tip ( Fig. 17 View FIGURES 17–22 ).

Description. Male: PL 6.6, PW 5.6, AW 3.0, OL 6.1, OW 3.7. Eyes: AME 0.41, ALE 0.37, PME 0.35, PLE 0.41, AME–AME 0.26, AME–ALE 0.10, PME–PME 0.49, PME–PLE 0.49, AME–PME 0.39, ALE–PLE 0.29, clypeus height at AME 0.21, clypeus height at ALE 0.25. Cheliceral furrow with 3 promarginal, 5(5 + 1 small) retromarginal teeth and 22 denticles, all in patch close to promarginal teeth ( Fig. 21 View FIGURES 17–22 ). Retromargin of chelicerae close to fang base with 1 bristle. Spination: Palp: 131, 001, 2121; legs: femur I–III 323, IV 3(4)22; patella I–IV 101; tibia I–IV 2226; metatarsus I–II 1014, III 2024, IV 3036. Metatarsus III with single ventro-distal bristle, embedded in scopula; IV with ventro-distal field of several bristles and a double row of bristles along metatarsus. Leg formula 2143. Measurements of palp and legs: Palp 8.6 (2.7, 1.2, 2.0, -, 2.7), I - (7.8, 3.5, 8.5, 7.0, -), II - (9.0, 3.8, 9.8, 7.7, -), III - (6.9, 2.7, 6.5, 5.3, -), IV - (7.5, 2.7, 7.2, 6.7, -).

Palp as in diagnosis ( Figs 17–18 View FIGURES 17–22 ). RTA with prolaterad apex in ventral view, otherwise simple, straight, broad at base, pointed in lateral view. Tegulum distinctly narrower proximally, spermophor moderately wide retrolaterally, narrow after proximal bend. Embolus arising from tegulum in 10-o’clock-position, broad at base, running retrolaterally, tip bending to prolateral side. Conductor arising disto-centrally from tegulum.

Colouration ( Figs 20 View FIGURES 17–22 , 38–40 View FIGURES 32–40 ). Yellowish-brown. Prosoma dorsally with dots along and between striae, and between eyes and fovea. Chelicerae with indistinct longitudinal stripes frontally consisting of small dots. Sternum, gnathocoxae, labium and ventral coxae pale yellow, without pattern. Legs yellowish-brown, femora dotted. Opisthosoma dorsally with two pairs of dark patches above muscle sigilla, posterior one darker, otherwise with small dots, especially in posterior half; ventrally pale yellow, without pattern; spinnerets pale yellow.

Female. See Strand (1907). Actually, this species was described from the female sex, but the holotype seems to be lost ( Nentwig et al. 2020). So far, no female matching the description of Strand (1907) or a similar size and colour pattern could be recognised, neither from the type locality nor from adjacent localities on the main island of Madagascar.

Distribution. Madagascar: Nosy Bé ( Fig. 47 View FIGURE 47 : yellow square).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Arachnida

Order

Araneae

Family

Sparassidae

Genus

Thunberga

Loc

Thunberga malagassa ( Strand, 1907 )

Jäger, Peter 2020
2020
Loc

Olios malagassus

Jager, P. & Kunz, D. 2005: 170
Strand, E. 1916: 71
Strand, E. 1907: 558
1907