Wednesday, May 31, 2023

[Arachnida • 2023] Telema coreana • The First Record of Telemidae (Araneae) from Korea, with A Description of New Species of the Genus Telema Simon, 1882

Telema coreana
Oh, Choi & Lee, 2023

• The family Telemidae Fage, 1913 (Arachnida: Araneae) is reported for the first time from Korea.
• New species, Telema coreana sp. nov. are described with microscopic images, diagnostic characters, and a key to Telema species.
• The new species brings a total number of 45 families of the Korean spider fauna, and the first report of an eyeless spider among the Korean species.

In this study, we report the first record of the family Telemidae Fage, 1913 from Korea, with the description of a new species of the genus Telema Simon, 1882: Telema coreana sp. nov. The individuals of the new species were found in a Baeti-shale cave (Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea). Also, we provide microscopic photographs of the new species and a key to differentiating the Telema species.
Keywords: New record, Korean peninsula, Caves, Subterranean, Eyeless, Morphology, Taxonomy

  Telema coreana sp. nov.  living specimen
 male holotype;  female paratype.
Telema coreana Oh, Choi & Lee sp. nov.

(Korean name: Han-guk-gu-seul-geo-mi 한국구슬거미).

Etymology. The specific name coreana comes from the country of the type locality, Corea (Korea).

Jong-Hwa Oh, Yong-Gun Choi and Seunghwan Lee. 2023. The First Record of Telemidae (Arachnida, Araneae) from Korea, with A Description of New Species of the Genus Telema Simon, 1882. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology.  26(2); 102088. DOI: 10.1016/j.aspen.2023.102088