MUSEO ARGENTINO DE CIENCIAS NATURALES "BERNARDINO RIVADAVIA"
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
The Goblin Spider Genus Aprusia Simon, 1893 (Araneae: Oonopidae)
GRISMADO, CRISTIAN J.; DEELEMAN, CHRISTA; BAEHR, BARBARA
AMERICAN MUSEUM NOVITATES
AMER MUSEUM NATURAL HISTORY
Lugar: New York; Año: 2011 p. 1 - 1
The south Asian goblin spider genus Aprusia Simon (Araneae: Oonopidae) consists of fivespecies and is found in southwestern India and Sri Lanka. Although the type species A. strenuusSimon is known only from two juvenile syntypes, new topotypical material from Sri Lankaallowed a redefinition of the genus and species. Ischnothyreus vestigator Simon, also from SriLanka, is transferred to Aprusia based on recently collected topotypical specimens. The femaleis described for the first time. Three new species are described: A. veddah Grismado and Deeleman, A. kataragama Grismado and Deeleman (both from Sri Lanka), and A. kerala Grismado and Deeleman (from southwestern India). The genus is recognized by the relatively small to medium-sized dorsal scutum on the abdomen of both sexes, the strong macrosetae on the forelegs and by the conformation of the male palp, with the cymbium and bulb fused and atiny, slightly sclerotized embolus.