Selenops cristis, Corronca, J. A., 2002

Corronca, J. A., 2002, A taxonomic revision of the afrotropical species of Selenops Latreille, 1819 (Araneae, Selenopidae), Zootaxa 107, pp. 1-35 : 11-13

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Selenops cristis

sp. nov.

Selenops cristis View in CoL sp. nov. ( Figs. 14­15 View FIGURES 12 ­ 23. 12 ­ 13 )

Type. Female holotype from SW coast Africa ( Namibia?), Acara, deposited in MCZ. The type locality could be either Acara in Namibia or it could be a misspelling of Accra, Ghana.

Etymology. The specific epithet is an arbitrary combination of letters.

Diagnosis. The females of S. cristis are distinctly different from other Selenops species by the shape of the middle field and spermathecae ( Figs. 14­15 View FIGURES 12 ­ 23. 12 ­ 13 ). However, this species is probably related to S. annulatus , S. angolaensis , S. intricatus Simon, S. saldali sp. nov., S. pygmaeus Benoit , and S. zairensis Benoit in having tufts of white hairs on the posterior portion of the opisthosoma.

Female (holotype). Total length 12.90. Prosoma length 6.14, width 7.07. Opisthosoma length 6.76, width 6.03. Eye diameters and interdistances: AME 0.23, ALE 0.15, PME 0.26, PLE 0.34, AME­AME 0.34, AME­ALE 0.79, AME­PME 0.23, PME­PME 1.20, PME­PLE 0.75, PLE­PLE 2.93, ALE­ALE 2.40. Leg formula 2341. Leg lengths: I­ Fe 6.34, Pat+Tib 8.32, Mt 5.51, Ta 1.87, total 22.04; II­ 8.22, 9.36, 5.51, 1.87, total 24.96; III­ 8.22, 8.94, 5.51, 1.87, total 24.54; IV­ 7.70, 8.11, 5.30, 1.66, total 22.77. Leg spination: Fe. I­ pr1.1.0, d1.1.1, rt1.0.1, II­ d.1.1, rt0.1.1, III­ d1.1.1, rt0.0.1, IV­ d1.1.1; Tib. I­ II­ v2.2.2, III­ v2.2.0, IV­ v1.2.0; Mt. I­III­ v2.2, IV­ v2.1. Prosoma brownish­red. Chelicerae dark brownish­red. Legs brown with spots on the femora and a pale mark on the distal part of the tibiae. Opisthosoma yellowish­grey without markings but with tufts of white hairs; venter yellowish. Epigynum and spermathecae as in Figs. 14­15 View FIGURES 12 ­ 23. 12 ­ 13 .

Male. Unknown.

Known distribution. Known only from the type locality.


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