Reductoonops molleturo, Platnick & Berniker, 2014

Platnick, Norman I. & Berniker, Lily, 2014, ffle Neotropical goblin spiders of the new genus Reductoonops (Araneae, Oonopidae), American Museum Novitates 2014 (3811), pp. 1-75: 71

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Reductoonops molleturo

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Reductoonops molleturo   , new species ( figs. 506–525 View FIGURES 501–510. 501–505 View FIGURES 511–525 )

TYPES: Male holotype, female allotype, and three female paratypes taken at an elevation of 1910 m at Cuenca Molleturo, Luz María, 02.68918°S, 79.41537°W, Azuay, Ecuador (Jan. 25, 2010; E. Tapia), deposited in QCAZ (PBI_ OON 49603 View Materials ), plus one male and four female paratypes, same data, deposited in AMNH (PBI_ OON 49608 View Materials ) GoogleMaps   .

DIAGNOSIS: Males can be recognized by the shape of the palpal apophysis and embolus ( figs. 522–525 View FIGURES 511–525 ); females resemble those of R. palenque   but have the anterior genitalic process set in a somewhat wider boat-shaped structure ( figs. 509, 510 View FIGURES 501–510. 501–505 ). Specimens of both sexes can easily be separated from the those of the sympatric species R. hedlite   by their smaller eyes ( fig. 508 View FIGURES 501–510. 501–505 ), and by having the sternal setae concentrated at the sides of the sternum ( figs. 506, 507 View FIGURES 501–510. 501–505 ).

MALE (PBI_ OON 49603 View Materials , figs. 506 View FIGURES 501–510. 501–505 , 511–525 View FIGURES 511–525 ): Total length 1.10. Surface of elevated portion of pars cephalica smooth. Eyes two; ALE touching. Sternum with anterior channels, surface smooth, without pits, microsculpture absent; setae densest laterally. Labium anterior margin deeply incised. Endite tip with wide, distally scooped lobe. Palpal apophysis with prolateral ridge; cymbium not fused with bulb.

FEMALE (PBI_ OON 49603 View Materials , figs. 507–510 View FIGURES 501–510. 501–505 ): Total length 1.14. Labium anterior margin indented at middle. Anterior genitalic process very long, very narrow, set in narrow boat-shaped structure.


DISTRIBUTION: Ecuador (Azuay).


Museo de Zoologia, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador


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