| Ischnocolus vanandelae Montemor, West & Zamani|
in Montemor, West, Zamani, Moradmand, Wirth, Wendt, Huber & Guadanucci, 2019.
Spider material collected from Oman and Iran revealed a new species of the genus Ischnocolus Ausserer, 1871, which is described as Ischnocolus vanandelae sp. n. New records of I. jickelii L. Koch, 1875 from Saudi Arabia, Yemen and United Arab Emirates show a larger distribution of this species than previously known. The natural history of I. vanandelae sp. n. and I. jickelii is described and the rather unusual colour polymorphism of the latter is discussed. The genus now includes eight species, whose distribution is mapped.
Keywords: Taxonomy, spiders, Mygalomorphae, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
Family Theraphosidae Thorell, 1869
Subfamily Ischnocolinae Simon, 1892
Genus Ischnocolus Ausserer, 1871
Ischnocolus ignoratus Guadanucci & Wendt, 2014
Ischnocolus jickelii L. Koch, 1875
| Ischnocolus vanandelae sp. n. Immature female, from Siahhu, Hormozgan, Iran.|
(photos: A. Zamani)
Ischnocolus vanandelae sp. n. Montemor, West & Zamani
Etymology. This species is named after Mrs. Priscilla M. J. van Andel, a Dutch wildlife enthusiast, who, along with her husband Mr. J. H. (Hans) Raaijmakers, first found and provided specimens from the UAE for this study.
Distribution. Oman, Iran (first record of the family).
Vivian M. Montemor, Rick C. West, Alireza Zamani, Majid Moradmand, Volker V. Wirth, Ingo Wendt, Siegfried Huber and José Paulo L. Guadanucci. 2019. Taxonomy of the Genus Ischnocolus in the Middle East, with Description of A New Species from Oman and Iran (Araneae: Theraphosidae). Zoology in the Middle East. DOI: 10.1080/09397140.2020.1675994