A new species of Genus Karstia from caves in Chongqing,
China (Araneae: Theridiosomatidae)
DOU Liang, LIN Yucheng
5 (Key Laboratory of Bio-resources and Eco-environment, Ministry of Education, School of Life
Sciences, Sichuan University, ChengDu 610064)
Abstract: A new spider species, Karstia cordata sp. nov., collected from caves of Chongqing, China, is in detail described and illustrated. Type specimens are deposited in the Zoological Museum of the School of Life Science, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China (SCUM).
10 Keywords: Karstia; new species; cave spider; China
The family Theridiosomatidae is a small spider group, mainly distributing in leaf litter, caves and under rocks. Up to the present, only 13 species in 8 genera are reported in China. Before
15 90’s in last century, it is blank to study on theridiosomatids in China. Until to 1992, the first
species, Wendilgarda sinensis, was reported from Hainan Province. Subsequently, the Chinese
well-known araneologist investigated cave fauna in Yunnan and Hunan, and recorded the other
one theridiosomatid spider. 2006, the third species in China, Theridiosoma taiwanica, is also
found and described from Taiwan. The most fruitful study is to research the orb-web
20 symphytognathoid spiders in the Gaoligongshan region of Yunnan by the scholars’ cooperation
between American and Chinese, and the plenty of new spider taxa is described and reported of
which include 1 new genus, 4 new record genera and 8 new species. The genus Karstia was
[6~7]erected to accommodate two theridiosomatid species from caves in Guizhou and Guangxi.
In October, 2010, with the purpose of investigating species diversity of cave spiders, we
25 carried out expeditions to the region of Chongqing and eastern Sichuan. A considerable number of spider specimens were taken. By the careful examination and identifying, some specimens belong to the theridiosomatid spiders, and were recognized as a new species of genus Karstia. This current paper about the family Theridiosomatidae is reported for the first time from the region.
30 Karstia Chen, 2010
Type species by original designation K. upperyangtzica Chen, 2010: 3, figs 1–14.
Karstia cordata sp. nov.
Type material: Holotype: male (SCUM), Xiaodong Cave (29.53088?N, 107.84695?E; Alt.:
35 1050 m), Tiansheng Village, Tudi Town, Wolong County, Chongqing City, China, 17 October 2010, Y.C. Lin and L. Dou leg. Paratypes: 1 male and 3 females, same as holotype (SCUM); 2
males and 10 females, Duozishi Cave (30.28845?N, 106.77005?E), Yanjinggou Village, Yanghe Town, Huaying City, Sichuan Province, China, 16 October 2010, Y.C. Lin and L. Dou leg. (SCUM).
Foundations: New Teacher Fund for Doctor Station of Ministry of Education of China (No. 20100181120049); National Natural Sciences Foundation of China (No. 31000946)
Brief author introduction:窦亮，？1986-？，男，硕士研究生，主要研究方向为动物学。
Correspondance author: 林玉成，？1977-？，男，副教授，主要从事蜘蛛系统分类学和洞穴生物学研究。
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Fig. 1 Karstia cordata sp. nov. Habitus (male: A–C; female: D–F). A, D. Dorsal view; B, E. Ventral view; C, F.
40 Etymology. The specific name of this new species derived from Latin word “cordatus” =
cordiform, refers to the shape of epigynal plate in female; adjective.
Diagnosis. This new species is similar to Karstia upperyangtzica Chen, 2010, but can be
distinguished by the shape of conductor, the course of ejaculatory duct, the structure of embolic
division in male pedipalp (Figs 2A–D, 3A–C), and by the heart-shaped epigynal plate, the wider
45 spermathecae and the shape of copulatory bursae (Fig. 4A–C).
Description. Male: Holotype, total length 1.96. Prosoma length 0.95, width 0.96, maximal
height 0.46. Opisthosoma length 1.04, width 1.23, height 1.52. Dorsal shield of prosoma pyriform,
yellow, smooth, thoracic groove indistinct. Eight eyes round, white, in two rows, ALE and PLE
contiguous, AER and PER slightly procurved. Ocular base black. Cephalic pars covered with few 50 long setae in midline. Clypeus height 0.27, slightly concaved. Chelicerae yellow-brownish.
Endites subquadrate, with serrula. Labium semicircular, wider than long. Sternum length 0.50,
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Fig. 2 Karstia cordata sp. nov. Male left pedipalp (A–D). A. Ventral view; B. Dorsal view; C. Prolateral view; D. Retrolateral view. Abbrs.: C = conductor; CA = cymbial apophysis; CL = cymbial lobe; EA = embolic apophysis;
MA = median apophysis; PC = paracymbium; ST = subtegulum; T = tegulum.
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Fig. 3 Karstia cordata sp. nov. Male pedipalpal pars (lactic acid-treated) (A–E). A. Conductor, dorsal view; B.
Embolic devision, dorsal view; C. Same as B, ventral view; D. Pedipalpal bulb (omitted embolic division), ventral view; E. Pedipalpal cymbium, tibia and patella, dorsal view. Abbrs.: C = conductor; CA = cymbial apophysis; CL = cymbial lobe; E = embolus; EA = embolic apophysis; ED = ejaculatory duct; EL = embolic lobe; MA = median
apophysis; PC = paracymbium; ST = subtegulum; T = tegulum.
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Fig. 4 Karstia cordata sp. nov. Female epigynum (A–C). A. Epigynum (untreated), ventral view; B. Ditto (lactic acid-treated), ventral view; C. Same as B, dorsal view. Abbrs: CB = copulatory bursae; CD = copulatory ducts; EP
= epigynal plate; EPS = epigynal sclerotized pit; FD = fertilization ducts; S = spermathecae.
width 0.54, heart-shaped, brown yellow, with a pair of pit organs on prolateral margin. Femora pale yellow, others yellow brown. Femur I with three distal spines, and one on femur II.
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55 Patellae I-IV with a distal dorsal spine. Tibia I with a proximal, three distal spines and five
trichobothria, tibia II with a proximal, two distal spines and five trichobothria, Tibiae III and IV
with a proximal spine and six trichobothria. Metatarsi I-III with only one trichobothrium. Leg
measurements: I 4.64 (1.46, 0.48, 1.16, 1.07, 0.46); II 3.71 (1.18, 0.43, 0.84, 0.86, 0.40); III 2.48
(0.80, 0.30, 0.50, 0.57, 0.30); IV 2.94 (0.98, 0.32, 0.63, 0.70, 0.30). Leg formula: 1-2-4-3. 60 Abdomen pale yellow, dorsally round and laterally ovoid, with brown strip. Ventral cuticle rugose,
black. Colulus present, black. Spinnerets conical, black brown, the anteriors larger than the
posteriors, the medians smallest. Anal tubercle large, pale (Fig 1 A–C).
Pedipalp large, strongly sclerotized (Fig 2A–D). Patella bears a long spine. Three
trichobothria on tibia dorsally (Fig 3E). Cymbium covered with a cluster of distal long setae, with 65 a dorsal cymbial apophysis, a sclerotized “L”-shaped paracymbium, and a cymbial lobe (Fig 3E).
The structure of pedipalpal bulb complex. Tegulum large, yellow, swollen and granulated.
Subtegulum small and smooth. Median apophysis cuneated, modified with tierd dents (Fig 3D).
Conductor very large, surface granulated and sculptured, enveloping the complicated embolus.
Embolic division strongly sclerotized, attaching a translucent embolic lobe. Embolic apophysis 70 with velumen, and the course of ejaculatory duct is intricate (Fig 3A–C).
Female: Total length 1.93 (one of paratypes). Prosoma length 0.93, width 0.98, maximal
height 0.45, Opisthosoma length 1.21, width 1.27, height 1.43. Clypeus height 0.16. Sternum
length 0.52, width 0.55. Coloration and modification of dorsal shield of prosoma, ocular pattern,
mouthparts, sternum, legs and abdomen nearly same as in male. Leg measurements: I 4.11 (1.38, 75 0.46, 0.91, 0.93, 0.43); II 3.39 (1.11, 0.43, 0.70, 0.77, 0.39); III 2.38 (0.77, 0.32, 0.45, 0.53, 0.31);
IV 3.02 (1.04, 0.34, 0.63, 0.70, 0.32). Leg formula: 1-2-4-3. The chaetotary and number of legs
same as in male. Colulus smaller than in male. Anal tubercle small and pale (Fig 1 D–F).
Genital area wide, covered with sparse setae at foreside (Fig 4A). Epigynal plate large,
smooth, heart-shaped and translucent, with a scape beyond posterior margin. Copulatory opening 80 rounded, sclerotized, situates epigynal plate mesially. Vulva simple, spermathecae contacted each
other at distally, attached a pair of translucent copulatory bursae. Copulatery ducts short, and
sclerotized distinctly, originated from the base of spermathecae. Fertilization ducts short, weakly
sclerotized, below spermathecae, and its distal part converged at epigynal posterior margin.
Spiracles very large, located at epigynal posteromargin laterally (Fig 4B–C).
85 Natural history. The spider species are found under stones and at lacuna of rock wall in the
dark area of caves.
Distribution. Known only from the type locality.
Thanks Mr. Zha Zuwei (Guizhou Normal University) for the kindly help to materials
90 collection. And thanks anonymous reviewers for cordial comments and suggestions.
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