This species is 64% complete

Proshapalopus marimbai Perafán & Valencia-Cuéllar, 2018

Colombia
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Taxonomy and History

Scientific Name : Proshapalopus marimbai
  • Described By: Perafán & Valencia-Cuéllar, 2018
  • Researcher Profile: Carlos Perafán, Dayana Valencia-Cuéllar
  • Genus: Proshapalopus
  • Etymology: The specific epithet is in honor of the music and tradition of the Southern Pacific of Colombia. The name is a noun in genitive and refers to one of the most emblematic percussion instruments of the region, the “marimba.”
  • Original Type Locality: Colombia, Narino, Barbacoas, km. 25 road Tumaco- Pasto, Reserva Natural Biotopo Selva Humeda, 600 masl

Specimen Records

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Proshapalopus marimbai
Holotype : (ICN-Ar 8042), Colombia
(ICN-Ar 8043), Colombia
(ICN-Ar 8044), Colombia

Adult Male Activity

  • Proshapalopus marimbai, a new tarantula species (Mygalomorphae, Theraphosidae) and first genus record from Colombia

    Carlos Perafán, Dayana Valencia-Cuéllar ,2018

    A new species of Proshapalopus Mello-Leit~ao, 1923, distributed in the Southwest Colombia in the Choco Region, is described. A morphological cladistic analysis based on the previous matrix of a Theraphosinae group confirmed the inclusion of this species within Proshapalopus. The new species, Proshapalopus marimbai n. sp., can be distinguished from other species of the genus mainly by the reduced number of labial cuspules, around 40; in contrast the other species having over 100. Males can be distinguished by the thickened femur III, presence of intermediate urticating setae type I-III only, palpal bulb with a considerably long prolateral inferior keel (from ventral median depression to embolus apex) and the accessory keel pronounced distally. Females can be distinguished for lacking urticating setae type III and the non-incrassated tibia IV. This discovery constitutes the fourth species described for Proshapalopus and the first record for Colombia, expanding the geographical distribution of the genus, until now known for Brazil only. Other aspects of distribution and the phylogenetic relationship of the new species are also discussed here.

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