Thursday, June 25, 2020

[Arachnida • 2020] Loureedia phoenixi • A New and easternmost Species of Loureedia (Aranei: Eresidae) from Iran

Loureedia phoenixi  
Zamani & Marusik, 2020

A new species, Loureedia phoenixi sp.n., is described and illustrated on the basis of two male specimens from Alborz Province of Iran and its distribution is mapped based on the type locality and photographic records. These records represent the easternmost distribution limit of the genus.

Family Eresidae C.L. Koch, 1845 

Genus Loureedia Miller, Griswold, Scharff, Řezáč, Szűts et Marhabaie, 2012

Loureedia phoenixi sp.n., Tehran Province: Pardisan Park.
 (photo: A. Zamani) 

Loureedia phoenixi sp.n. 

DIAGNOSIS. The new species differs from congeners by the prolateral arm of the conductor (Pa) which is pointed and almost the same length as the retrolateral arm of the conductor (Ra). The conductor arms are not as pointed and retrolateral arm is distinctly longer than the prolateral one in other species (cf. Figs 3f and 3g–i).

ETYMOLOGY. The new species is named after the American actor, producer and animal rights activist Joaquin Phoenix in recognition of his praised portrayal of the title character in the 2019 movie “Joker” and as a reference to the male abdominal pattern of the new species, which resembles the famous facial makeup of this character. 

Alireza Zamani and Yuri M. Marusik. 2020. A New and easternmost Species of Loureedia (Aranei: Eresidae) from Iran. Arthropoda Selecta. 29(2); 239–243. DOI: 10.15298/arthsel.29.2.09