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Holotype female: Chamela, Jalisco, México, 1.X.1989, sea level, W. Eberhard (AMNH).
This species is named after the type locality, Chamela, and is to be treated as a noun in apposition.
Females can be separated from all other species by the epigynum which has a median septum and epigynal pockets, and internally, the ducts are coiled at least 5 times (Figs 73–74). Males unknown.
It is unclear whether this is a new species or is the female of Selenops lepidus. See abover under ‘Remarks' of the latter species.
Holotype female: color: carapace yellow-brown with dusky marks laterally, with white setae; sternum brown; chelicerae orange-brown; maxillae brown; labium yellow-brown; abdomen dorsally cream to grey brown, with a darker lanceolate stripe and several w-shaped darker markings, festoon absent; ventrally dusky with no marks; legs yellow-brown with darker annulations. Carapace: 0.92 times as long as broad; fovea longitudinal, broad, shallow. Eyes: AER slightly recurved; PER recurved; PME larger than AME, PLE largest, ALE smallest; eye diameters, AME 0.09, ALE 0.02, PME 0.20, PLE 0.25; interdistances AME-PME 0.09, PME-ALE 0.10, ALE-PLE 0.30, PME-PME 0.50, ALE-ALE 1.20; ocular quadrangle AME-AME 0.10, PLE-PLE 1.20; clypeus 0.08 high; chillum absent. Mouthparts: chelicerae with a few stout setae medially and anteriorly; lateral boss present smooth; maxillae longer than broad, with tuft of conspicuous setae distally; labium distally rounded. Sternum: longer than broad, posteriorly indented. Legs: leg I shorter than 2; leg formula unknown, some parts missing; scopulae present on all 4 tarsi; tarsi I-IV with strong claw tufts; spination: leg I, Fm pr 1-1-0, d 1-1-1; Ti d 0, v 2-2-2; Mt v 2-2; leg II, Fm pr 1-0-0, d 1-1-1, rl 1-0-1; Ti v 2-2-2; Mt v 2-2; leg III, Fm pr 1-0-0, d 1-1-1, rl 1-0-0, Ti 0, Mt missing; leg IV, Fm pr 0, d 1-1-1, rl 0-0-1; Ti v 1-1; Mt v 2-0. Abdomen: with terminal setal tufts. Epigyne: median septum located medially on plate, narrowing slightly posteriorly, slightly pointed, epigynal pockets present, genital openings located at anterolateral margins of median septum; internally, large lateral ducts connect to anteriorly directed laterally coiling ducts, coiled at least 5 times, fertilization ducts located posteriorly, directed posterolaterally, posterodorsal fold present, sinuous, barely covering any portion of internal ducts (Figs 73-74). Dimensions: Total length 5.50. Carapace length 2.30, width 2.50. Abdomen length 3.20, width 2.60. Pedipalp: Fm 0.50, Pt 0.30, Ta, 0.40, total 1.20. Leg I: Fm 2.00, Pt 0.70, Ti 1.40, Mt 1.00, Ta 0.90, total 5.00. Leg II: Fm 1.70, Pt 0.70, Ti 1.30, Mt 1.10, Ta 1.00, total 5.80. Leg III: Fm 1.40, Pt 0.65, Ti 2.30, Mt missing, Ta missing. Leg IV: Fm 1.60, Pt 0.90, Ti 2.00, Mt missing, Ta absent.
Known only from the type locality (Map 5).
- 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