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- Selenops nesophilus Chamberlin 1924: 656, Figs 97–98 (♂, ♀, examined).
- Selenops nesophilus Muma 1953: 15, Figs 23–26 (♂, ♀).
Holotype male: Isla Tortuga, Baja California Sur, México, 11.V.1921, J.C. Chamberlin (CAS, examined). Paratypes: Female, same data as holotype (CAS, examined).
Other material examined
MÉXICO: Baja California: 2 miles south El Rosario on Mex Hwy 1 (dirt road) RB-3, 26.XI.1968, P.R. Craig, D. Dailey, 1♂ (CAS); Isla Angel de la Guarda, Palm Cañon, under bark of Palo Verde, 3.V.1921, J.C. Chamberlin, 1♀ (CAS); Isla Raza, 21.IV.1921, J.C. Chamberlin, 1♀, 2 imm. (CAS); 11 mi SW Punta Prieta, 200' 15.IV.1969, S.C. Williams, 1♀ (CAS); Isla Cedros, 2nd Canyon, South of Punta Norte on east side of island, 2.VII.1983, V.F. Lee, 1♂ (CAS). Baja California Sur: between San Juanico and San Ignacio, ~2km East of Ballena, 26°24'00.4"N, 112°35'64.0"W, ~190', 20.III.2004, M.C. Hedin, under rocks, 1♀, 1♂ (EME sel_210, 213); Cuevas Pintas, 25.58.644 N, 111.27.924 W, 31.III.2003, D. Palmer, D. Wood 1 imm. (EME sel_009); Isla Magdalena, Laguna Santa Maria, 9.VII.1983, D.K. Faulkner, D. C. Lightfoot, 1♀ (CAS); West of San Miguel Comondu, road to Villa Insurgentes, ~3 km West of town, 26.01'47.3"N, 111.50'84.8"W, ~590', 18-19.III.2004, M.C. Hedin, under rocks along road, 1p♂ (EME sel_212); Puerto Escondido, 14.VI.1921, E.P. Van Duzee, 1♂ (CAS); 6.8 mi S of San Antonio, 24.VII.1980, Williams, Bentzion, 1♀ (CAS). Sinaloa: 6 miles south of Culiacan, 22.VII.1954, W.J. Gertsch, 1♀ (AMNH). Sonora: Los Algodones, 6 miles west San Carlos Bay, 22-23.III.1980, C.E. Griswold, 1♂ (CAS). UNITED STATES: Arizona: Cochise Co., 2.5 miles southeast of Portal, 26.III.1965, B., C. Durden, several (AMNH); Coconino Co., Grand Canyon National Park, Tapeats Creek Campground, Tapeats Canyon, Tapeats Creek Trail 36°22.826'N, 112°27.744'W, ~2230', 15.VIII. 2004, S. Crews, under rocks, 1 imm. (EME sel_211); Pima Co., Espero Canyon, 1♀ (AMNH); Pima Co., Baboquivari Mountains, Brown Canyon, 9.VI.1952, M. Cazier, W.J. Gertsch, R. Schrammel, several (AMNH); Pima Co., Esperero Co., several (AMNH); Pinal Co., Superior Thompson Southwestern Arboretum, 11.V.1940, 2300', D.C. Lowrie, 1♂ (AMNH). California: San Diego Co., Upper Otay River Valley, 19.V.2003, D. Palmer, 1♀ (EME sel_002); San Diego Co., Jamul, Lyon's Valley, N of Lyon's Pk, 32.71415°N, 116.7677°W, ~674 m, D. Palmer, running on ground, oak woodland, 1♂ (EME sel_837); San Diego Co., Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Carrizo Palm Grove, below railroad tracks, 32.46°N, 116.11°W, ~1800', 23.II.2003, M.C. Hedin, D. Palmer, D. Wood, 2 imm. (EME sel_021, 214).
Males can be differentiated from all other species by the embolus, which originates at 6 o'clock, a long process on the MA, and the RTA, which is on a very long stalk and has a very large quadrangular process distally (Figs 61-62). Females can be separated from other species by the posterior margin of the epigynum which is sinuous and heavily sclerotized, with a median septum that is wider anteriorly, and a posterodorsal fold that is sinuous (Figs 63–64).
Holotype male: Color:carapace orange-brown (recent) pale yellow; sternum (holotype) red-brown (recent) yellow; chelicerae (holotype) brown (recent) yellowish, like carapace, darker toward inner margins; maxillae (holotype) yellow-brown, lightening distally (recent) light yellow, lightening distally; labium (holotype) orange-brown (recent) light yellow-orange; abdomen dorsally (holotype) dark grey-brown (recent) pale yellow to cream with some darker grey flecks, festoon present; ventrally (holotype) grey (recent) light yellow; legs (holotype) orange-brown, no markings evident (recent) pale yellow with darker grey annulations. Cephalothorax:0.91 times longer than broad. Eyes:AER slightly recurved; PER recurved; PME larger than AME, PLE largest, ALE smallest; eye diameters, AME 0.18, ALE 0.10, PME 0.35, PLE 0.55; interdistances AME-PME 0.03, PME-ALE 0.18, ALE-PLE 0.75. PME-PME 1.18. ALE-ALE 2.00; ocular quadrangle AME-AME 0.45, PLE-PLE 2.38; clypeus 0.23 high. Mouthparts:chelicerae with a few stout setae medially and anteriorly; maxillae longer than broad, with tuft of conspicuous setae distally; labium distally rounded. Sternum:1.25 times longer than broad, posteriorly indented. Legs:leg I only slightly shorter than legs II, III and IV; leg formula 2341; scopulae present on all 4 tarsi, as well as tibia and metatarsus of leg I and distally on metatarsi of legs II, III, IV; tarsi I-IV with strong claw tufts; pr claw toothed, rl claw with fewer teeth; spination: leg I, Fm pr 1–1–1, d 1–1–1, rl 1–1–1; Ti pr 1–0–1, d 1–2–0, rl 1–0–1, v 2–2–2; Mt pr 1–1–0, rl 1–1–0, v 2–2; leg II, Fm pr 1–1–1, d 1–1–1, rl 1–1–1; Ti pr 1–0–1, rl 1–0–1, d 1–2–0, v 2–2–2–1; Mt pr 1–1–0, v 2–2, rl 1–1–0; leg III, Fm pr 1–1–1, d 1–1–1, rl 1–1–1; Ti pr 1–0–1, d 1–0–0, rl 1–0–0, v 2–2–1–1; Mt pr 1–1–0, rl 1–1–0, v 2–2; leg IV, Fm pr 1–1–1, d 1–1–1, rl 1–1–1; Ti pr 1–0–1, rl 1–1–1, d 1–1–0, v 2–2–2; Mt pr 1–1–0, rl 1–1–0, v 2–2. Abdomen:without terminal setal tufts. Pedipalp:Fm, spination dorsal 0–1–4; cymbium oval in ventral view, slightly angled posterolaterally; conductor large, angular, arising laterally, curved on one side, sinuate on other, tapering distally; embolus long, slender, curved, beginning at 6 o'clock, terminating at 12 o'clock; MA arising at 2 o'clock, directed laterally, with short stout base and long finger-like process; two tibial apophyses, ventral process smaller of the two, blunt and curved, lateral process a stout stalk curving laterally away from cymbium, with large angular blunt process, similar to type of Selenops actophilus, but stalk longer and more curved (Figs 61–62). Dimensions: Total length 8.75. Carapace length 5.13, width 5.65. Sternum length 2.50, width 2.00. Abdomen length 3.53, width 2.78. Pedipalp: Fm 1.75, Pt 0.65, Ti 0.75, Ta 1.75, total 4.90. Leg I: Fm 6.75, Pt 2.25, Ti 5.50, Mt 5.25, Ta 2.75, total 22.50. Leg II: Fm 6.00, Pt 2.75, Ti 6.25, Mt 5.60, Ta 2.60, total 23.20. Leg III: Fm 6.75, Pt 2.50, Ti 5.80, Mt 5.75, Ta 2.20, total 23.00. Leg IV: Fm 6.00, Pt 2.00, Ti 6.00, Mt 6.00, Ta 2.75, total 22.75.
Paratype female: Color:carapace (paratype) red-brown (recent) yellow-tan, brown line extending from center of cephalic area medially thorough entire cephalothorax, dark spots laterally; sternum (paratype) brown, darker around border (recent) yellow, darker around border; chelicerae (paratype) red-brown (recent) light brown medially, darker laterally; maxillae (paratype) brown (recent) yellow-orange, both lightening distally; labium (paratype) brown (recent) orange-brown, lightening distally; abdomen dorsally (paratype) grey-brown (recent) grey-brown, lighter medially, dark festoon present; ventrally cream colored; legs (type) orange-brown, annulations barely visible (recent) pale yellow-brown with dark annulations. Carapace:0.92 times longer than broad. Eyes:AER slightly recurved; PER recurved; PME larger than AME, PLE largest, ALE smallest; eye diameters, AME 0.15, ALE 0.08, PME 0.45, PLE 0.65; interdistances AME-PME 0.03, PME-ALE 0.15, ALE-PLE 0.70. PME-PME 1.35. ALE-ALE 2.35; ocular quadrangle AME-AME 0.53, PLE-PLE 2.68; clypeus 0.15 high. Mouthparts:chelicerae with a few stout setae medially and anteriorly; maxillae longer than broad, with tuft of conspicuous setae distally. Sternum:1.20 times longer than broad, posteriorly indented. Legs:leg formula 4321; scopulae present on all 4 tarsi and metatarsi and distally on tibiae on legs I and II; tarsi I-IV with strong claw tufts; pr claw per foot slightly toothed; spination: leg I, Fm pr 1–1–0, d 1–1–1, rl 1–1–1; Ti v 2–2–2; Mt v 2–2; II, Fm pr 1–0–0, d 1–1–1, rl 1–1–1; Ti v 2–2–2; Mt v 2–2; III, Fm pr 1–1–0, d 1–1–1, rl 1–1–1; Ti v 2–2–0; Mt v 2–2. Abdomen:without terminal setal tufts. Pedipalp:claw with 9 teeth. Epigyne:median septum present, wider anteriorly, rounded to pointed terminally, posterior margin of plate sinuous, with lateral protrusions, genital openings located at lateral margins of septum; internally, cylindrical ducts directed anteriorly and anterolaterally, fertilization ducts located laterally, directed anterolaterally, posterodorsal fold present, not connected medially, heavily sclerotized, not covering internal ducts (Figs 63–64). Dimensions: Total length 11.50. Carapace length 5.68, width 6.20. Sternum length 3.00, width 2.50. Abdomen length 5.83, width 3.73. Pedipalp: Fm 1.75, Pt 0.75, Ti 1.00, Ta 2.00, total 5.50. Leg I: Fm 6.00, Pt 2.50, Ti 5.00, Mt 4.00, Ta 1.75, total 13.25. Leg II: Missing. Leg III: Fm 6.50, Pt 2.50, Ti 5.50, Mt 5.00, Ta 2.00, total 21.50. Leg IV: Missing.
This species has been found under rocks (Figs 198–199) as well as running on the ground in oak woodlands.
Known from southwestern North America, from Baja California Sur and Sinaloa to Arizona (Map 7).
- Crews, S; 2011: A revision of the spider genus Selenops Latreille, 1819 (Arachnida, Araneae, Selenopidae) in North America, Central America and the Caribbean ZooKeys, 105: 1-182. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.105.724
- Chamberlin R (1924) The spider fauna of the shores and islands of the Gulf of California. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 12:561-694.
- Muma M (1953) A study of the spider family Selenopidae in North and Central America and the West Indies. American Museum Novitates 1619:1-55.