A new and the southernmost species of Zaitunia Lehtinen, 1967 (Araneae: Filistatidae) from the United Arab Emirates

Authors

  • Yuri M. Marusik Institute for Biological Problems of the North FEB RAS, Magadan 685000, Russia. Altai State University, 61 Prospekt Lenina, Barnaul, 656049, Russia. Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4499-5148
  • Sergei Zonstein Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, 12 Klausner Str., Tel Aviv 6139001, Israel. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4515-0630

Keywords:

Arabian Peninsula, Aranei, Asia, biodiversity, Filistatinae, spiders, taxonomy

Abstract

Zaitunia arabica n. sp., the southernmost member of the genus, is described from Rub ‘Al Khali Desert, the United Arab Emirates. The new species is assigned to Z. persica species-group, and it is most similar to Z. medica Brignoli, 1982 in having solid receptacles, which are wider than long and have no stalks. Zaitunia arabica n. sp. differs from the latter species by the lack of a carapace pattern, having no leg annulation, by much smaller size, as well as by a different shape of the receptacles and by a smaller distance between them.


To cite: Marusik, Y. & Zonstein, S. 2023. A new and the southernmost species of Zaitunia Lehtinen, 1967 (Araneae: Filistatidae) from the United Arab Emirates. Israel Journal of Entomology 52: 29–33.

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10396780

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2023-12-17

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