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Holotype female: Hellshire Hills, St. Catherine Parish, Jamaica, ‘A2 Depression', (iguana site), 17°51'59.3"N, 76°57'54.0"W, ~275 m, 3.VI.2006, S. Crews, under bark, SCC06_031 (EME sel_383). Paratypes: Male, same data as holotype (EME sel_384).
Other material examined
JAMAICA: St. Catherine Parish: same data as types, 2♀, 4 imm. (IJNHM sel_376-380, 382). St. Thomas Parish: near 12 mile Bull Bay on left side of road, heading east, 17°55'32.5" N, 76°38'31.0" W, ~118 m, 5.VI.2006, S. Crews, I. Wilmot, under bark, SCC06_034, 1♀, 2♂, 2 imm. (CAS sel_387-391).
This species is named in honor of the Wilmot family for their hospitality and preservation and expansion of Jamaican culture. It is to be treated as a noun in apposition.
Females can be differentiated from other species by the sinuous margin and epigynal pockets (Figs 103–104) and males can be separated from other species by the conductor and thornlike medial branch of the RTA (Figs 105–106).
Male: Color:carapace light tan-yellow, Slightly darker in cephalic region, dusky around edge; sternum pale yellow; chelicerae light brown with some dusky markings; maxillae dusky yellow-brown, lightening distally; labium pale yellow-brown; abdomen dorsally grey with lanceolate stripe with chevrons anteromedially, connecting to duskier lateral margins, one dot near the end of the abdomen, festoon present; ventrally pale yellow, no markings; legs light yellowish-tan, darkening distally, annulations hardly visible. Carapace: 0.89 times longer than broad; fovea longitudinal, broad, very shallow. Eyes:AER nearly straight; PER recurved; PME larger than AME, PLE largest, ALE smallest; eye diameters, AME 0.25, ALE 0.08, PME 0.28, PLE 0.35; interdistances AME-PME 0.08, PME-ALE 0.10, ALE-PLE 0.35. PME-PME 1.25. ALE-ALE 1.95; ocular quadrangle AME-AME 0.45, PLE-PLE 2.15; clypeus 0.05 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:as long as broad, posteriorly indented. Legs:leg I only slightly shorter than II and III; leg formula 2314; scopulae present on distal end of all 4 tarsi; tarsi I-IV with strong claw tufts; pr claw per foot slightly toothed; spination: leg I, Fm pr 1–1–1, d 1–1–1, rl 1–1–1; Ti pr 1–0–1, d 1–1–0, rl (R) 1–1–1 (L) 1–0–1, v 2–2–2–2; Mt pr 1–0–0, v 2–2, rl 1–0–0; leg II, Fm pr 1–1–1, d 1–1–1, rl 1–1–1; Ti pr 1–0–1, d 1–1–0, rl 1–0–1, v 2–2–2–2; Mt pr 1–1–0, rl 1–0–0, v 2–2; leg III, Fm pr 1–1–1, d 1–1–1, rl 1–1–1; Ti pr 1–0–1, d 0–1–0, rl 1–0–1, v 2–2–2; Mt pr 1–1–0, rl 1–0–0, v 2–2; leg IV, Fm pr 1–1–1, d 1–1–1, rl 0–1–1; Ti pr 1–0–1, v 2–2–0, rl 1–0–1; Mt pr 1–1–0, rl 1–0–0, v 2–2–0. Abdomen:without terminal setal tufts. Pedipalp:femur, spination d 0–1–4; cymbium triangular in ventral view, angled posterolaterally; basal cymbial process absent, scopulae scattered, denser toward tip; conductor somewhat hammer shaped to T-shaped, on short straight stalk originating anteromedially, pointed laterally, not extending beyond cymbium edge, left side connecting to bulb, forming circular space between two conductor connections; embolus short, beginning at 6 o'clock, ending at 11 o'clock, basally stout and 2 branched, narrowing distally, slender and slightly curved; MA wider at base, slightly sinuous, distally curved into single hook, MA originating at 3 o'clock, directed distally; RTA extending 1/5th the length of cymbium in ventral view, with 3 processes, lateral process large, curves away from cymbium, terminally rounded, middle apophysis very small, pointed, ventral apophysis curves ventrally then dorsally, widening,rounded distally (Figs 105–106). Dimensions: Total length 8.55. Carapace length 4.00, width 4.50. Sternum length 1.65, width 1.65. Abdomen length 4.55, width 3.53. Pedipalp: Fm 0.90, Pt 0.30, Ti 0.40, Ta 0.75, total 2.35. Leg I: Fm 4.40, Pt 1.70, Ti 4.00, Mt 4.00, Ta 1.75, total 15.85. Leg II: Fm 5.00, Pt 1.70, Ti 4.60, Mt 4.50, Ta 1.65, total 17.45. Leg III: Fm 5.00, Pt 1.50, Ti 4.40, Mt 4.40, Ta 1.50, total 16.8.0 Leg IV: Fm 4.50, Pt 1.00, Ti 3.70, Mt 3.75, Ta 1.30, total 14.25.
Holotype female: Color:carapace red-brown, dusky medially and laterally; sternum orange-brown, darker around border; chelicerae red-brown, black medially to caudally; maxillae light orange-brown, lightening distally; labium orange-brown, lightening toward the distal edge; abdomen dorsally grey with lanceolate stripe with chevrons coming off near the top and center, connecting to duskier lateral edges, one dot near the end of the abdomen, festoon present; ventrally cream-colored, dark on laterally, caudally; legs orange-brown, annulations present, legs darkening distally, brown at metatarsi, tarsi. Carapace: 1.10 times longer than broad; fovea longitudinal, broad, very shallow. Eyes:AER nearly straight; PER slightly recurved; PME larger than AME, PLE largest, ALE smallest; eye diameters, AME 0.23, ALE 0.18, PME 0.28, PLE 0.35; interdistances AME-PME 0.08, PME-ALE 0.18, ALE-PLE 0.43. PME-PME 1.30. ALE-ALE 1.88; ocular quadrangle AME-AME 0.45, PLE-PLE 2.15; clypeus 0.07 high. Mouthparts:chelicerae with stout setae medially and anteriorly; maxillae longer than broad, with tuft of conspicuous setae distally; labium distally rounded. Sternum:1.11 times longer than broad, posteriorly indented Legs:leg I only slightly shorter than legs II, III and IV; leg formula 3241; scopulaepresent on all 4 tarsi and metatarsi and tibiae I and II; tarsi I-IV with strong claw tufts; prolateral claw per foot slightly toothed; spination: leg I, Fm pr 1–1–0, d 1–1–1, rl 0–1–1; Ti d 0, v 2–2–2; mt v 2–2; leg II, Fm pr 1–1–0, d 1–1–1, rl 0–1–1; Ti v 2–2–2; Mt v 2–2; leg III, Fm pr 1–0–0, d 1–1–1, rl 0; Ti v 2–2–0; Mt v 2–0; leg IV, Fm pr 1–0–0, d 1–1–1, rl 0–0–1; Ti v 1–1; Mt v 2–1. Abdomen:with terminal setal tufts. Pedipalp:claw with 5 teeth. Epigyne:sinuous opening located medially on epigynal plate, epigynal pockets present, genital openings located behind sinuous margin; internally, ducts expand posteriorly and laterally, cylindrical, though not coiled, posterodorsal fold present, covering internal ducts medially (Figs 103–104). Dimensions: Total length 8.85. Carapace length 4.05, width 4.40. Sternum length 2.00, width 1.80. Abdomen length 4.80, width 3.68 Pedipalp: Fm 1.00, Pt 0.50, Ti 0.50, Ta 1.00, total 3.00. Leg I: Fm 4.00, Pt 1.75, Ti 3.00, Mt 3.00, Ta 1.00, total 12.75. Leg II: Fm 4.00, Pt 2.00, Ti 3.50, Mt 3.00, Ta 1.00, total 13.50. Leg III: Fm 5.00, Pt 1.75, Ti 4.00, Mt 3.00, Ta 1.00, total 14.75. Leg IV: Fm 4.60, Pt 1.00, Ti 3.50, Mt 3.00, Ta 1.00, total 13.10.
This species has been found in dry forests under bark of Bursera, sea grape and on tree trunks at night. The female guards the white, disc-shaped egg sac. One female made an egg sac before 5.VI.2006, and spiderlings hatched, but stayed in the egg sac until 17.VI.2006. One was observed attacking a termite and then rejecting it. A pseudoscorpion was also found inside of an abandoned egg sac (Fig. 188)
Endemic to Jamaica and known from the southeast coast (Map 11).
- 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