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Holotype female: El Cajuil, Laguna Oviedo, Pedernales, Dominican Republic, 17°48'08.1"N, 71°31'45.6"W, ~86 m, 9.X.2006, S. Crews, under and on rocks in forest surrounding lake, SCC06_070 (EME sel_623).
Other material examined
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Pedernales: same data as holotype, 1♀, 1p♂, 7 imm. (MNHNSD sel_619, 621-622, 624-629); Boca de la Cañada off Hwy. Pedernales-Oviedo, 17°55'00.5"N, 71°30'03.4"W, 9.X.2006, 64 m, S. Crews, on rocks at night, SCC06_071, 2 imm. (CAS sel_637-638).
This specific epithet comes from the name of the type locality and is to be treated as a noun in apposition.
Females can be separated from all others by the genital openings which are are located anteriorly, the epigynal pockets are large, and the rounded posterodorsal fold extends nearly half the length of the epigynal plate (Figs 129–130). Males unknown.
Female holotype: Color:carapace light orange-brown to yellow-brown, duskier laterally, darker in fovea, some white setae present; sternum light yellowish-brown, darker around border; chelicerae brown, lighter anteromedially, and orange caudally; maxillae light brown, lightening distally; labium brown, lightening distally; abdomen dorsally with a grey-yellow background, 4 pair of spots anteriorly to medially, medial spots fused, light grey chevrons at second pair of spots and again after the 4th pair, which are fused, a single dot below that, laterocaudal festoon present, angled; ventrally cream-colored, dark laterally, caudally; legs orange-brown, annulations present, legs darkening distally, brown at metatarsus and tarsus. Carapace: 0.87 times longer than broad; fovea longitudinal, broad, very shallow. Eyes:AER slightly recurved; PER slightly recurved; PME larger than AME, PLE largest, ALE smallest; eye diameters, AME 0.18, ALE 0.08, PME 0.28, PLE 0.40; interdistances AME-PME 0.03, PME-ALE 0.10, ALE-PLE 0.38. PME-PME 1.20. ALE-ALE 1.98; ocular quadrangle AME-AME 0.40, PLE-PLE 2.09; clypeus 0.13 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:1.06 times longer than broad, posteriorly indented. Legs:leg I only slightly shorter than legs II, III and IV; leg formula 2431; scopulae present on all 4 tarsi and metatarsi and tibiae 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 d 0, v 2–2–2; Mt v 2–2; leg II, Fm pr 1–0–0, d 1–1–1, rl 1–1–1; Ti v 2–2–2; Mt v 2–2; leg III, Fm pr 1–0–0, d 1–1–1, rl 1–0–1; Ti v 2–2–0; Mt v 2–1; leg IV, Fm pr 1–0–0, d 1–1–1, rl 0–0–1; Ti v 2–2–0; Mt v 2–1. Abdomen:without terminal setal tufts. Pedipalp:claw with 8 teeth. Epigyne:anteromedially, plate less sclerotized anteriorly compared to rest of plate, sinuous margin located anteriorly, genital openings located behind this, lateral lobes fused medially, epigynal pockets present; internally, ducts directed posteriorly, touching anteriorly, then separating medially,directed laterally, rounded terminally, fertilization ducts located and directed laterally, posterodorsal fold semi-circular, extending nearly half length of epigynal plate (Figs 129–130). Dimensions: Total length 9.15. Carapace length 3.48, width 4.00. Sternum length 1.85, width 1.75. Abdomen length 5.68, width 3.70. Pedipalp: Fm 1.00, Pt 0.25, Ti 0.75, Ta 1.45, total 3.45. Leg I: Fm 3.75, Pt 1.75, Ti 3.30, Mt 3.00, Ta 1.00, total 12.80. Leg II: Fm 4.75, Pt 1.50 Ti 4.00, Mt 3.00, Ta 1.50, total 14.75. Leg III: Fm 4.50, Pt 1.50, Ti 3.65, Mt 3.00, Ta 1.00, total 13.65. Leg IV: Fm 4.50, Pt 1.00, Ti 4.00, Mt 3.00, Ta 1.35, total 13.85.
This species has been found under and on rocks, around the shores of a lake and in the forest (Fig. 203). The female guards the flat, white, disc-shaped egg sac. One female made an egg sac on 17.X.2006 and the eggs hatched 15.XI.2006. The mother died 21.XI.2006.
Endemic to the Dominican Republic and has a limited distribution on the southern Pedernales peninsula (Map 13).
- 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