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    Default New special edition 142 of "Tarantulas of the World" – contents and abstracts

    The new TOW issue published in July 2010 includes the following articles:

    Schmidt, G., S. Hettegger & J. Matthes. A female of Chilocosmia
    barensteinerae sp. n. from Kalimantan (Borneo) (Theraphosidae:
    Selenocosmiinae). Tarantulas of the World 142: 4-14
    Chilocosmia barensteinerae is a new species of the genus and the first
    species of this genus from Kalimantan. An adult female could be collected in
    the South of Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo. It moulted on 20th
    August 2009. The male of this species is unknown.
    The exuvia has been studied by Schmidt who dissected the stridulation
    bristles and the spermathecae. The new species differs from all other
    species of the genus by two additional rows of paddle and peglike
    stridulating setae on the maxillae, one medium-sized and one very small. The
    differences to C. peerboomi SCHMIDT, 1999 from the island of Negros
    (Philippines) are besides two additional rows of paddle and peglike setae on
    maxillae, scopula of metatarsus IV the base of the segment not reaching,
    Tibia IV not thickened, distance ALE-PLE considerably larger, unpaired third
    claw absent, three pairs of sternal sigillae, hair red brown. Colour after
    moulting deep black. The biotope is the tropical rain forest, which is very
    humid during the monsoon time. Chilocosmia SCHMIDT & VON WIRTH, 1992, in
    2000 synonymized with Selenocosmia by RAVEN is a genus of its own and quite
    different from Selenocosmia AUSSERER,1871.
    "Selenocosmia borneoensis" nomen nudum (non vidimus) is probably an
    Ornithoctoninae sp.

    Schmidt, G. & J. Matthes. An unusual shape of spermathecae in a Harpactira
    atra (Latreille, 1832) from South Africa (Araneae, Theraphosidae,
    Harpactirinae). Tarantulas of the World 142: 15-22
    In a female of the South African species Harpactira atra one receptaculum
    seminis is formed as usually, the other one is closer to that of some
    members of the subfamily Psalmopoeinae. It is a matter of an unusual
    deformity. In another female from the same locality both receptacula seminis
    are normally shaped.

    Schmidt, G. What is the correct name of Selenocosmia huwena WANG, PENG &
    XIE, 1993? Tarantulas of the World 142: 23-27
    Selenocosmia huwena has been transferred in 1996 from the Selenocosmiinae
    into the subfamily Ornithoctoninae by SCHMIDT. It has been placed in the
    genus Haplopelma SIMON, 1892 a few months later by HUBER, SAMM & SCHMIDT.
    PETERS 1999 and 2000 considered the species as Haplopelma schmidti VON
    WIRTH, 1991. SCHMIDT 2000 in a journal and in a book on venomous arachnids
    and also 2003 in a book on tarantulas used the name H. schmidti. In 2000 ZHU
    & SONG transferred this species to Ornithoctonus POCOCK, 1892. According to
    VON WIRTH & STRIFFLER 2005 however this species has to be named Haplopelma
    huwenum. In 2008 the name H. schmidti has been confirmed by ZHU & ZHANG and
    has been listed in the catalogue of Platnick, 2009. This is therefore the
    valid name of the species.

    Schmidt, G. What is the correct name of "Hapalopus" guianensis CAPORIACCO,
    1954? Tarantulas of the World 142: 28-29
    According to PLATNICK, 2010 HapalopusguianensisCAPORIACCO, 1954is regarded
    to be a valid species and Stenotarsus SCHMIDT, 2003 as a junior synonym of
    that. The same species is also regarded by PLATNICK as a valid species with
    the name Neostenotarsus scissistylus (TESMOINGT & SCHMIDT, 2002), though
    PLATNICK noted that it may be a synonym of Hapalopus guianensis CAPORIACCO,
    SCHMIDT, 2003 corrected the name Stenotarsus scissistylus in Stenotarsus
    guianensis (CAPORIACCO, 1954) after an information received by FABIAN VOL
    and the follow-up examination of the male. It could be shown once again that
    this species does not belong to the genus Hapalopus but to a genus of its
    own. The crucial description of the female was made the first time already
    by TESMOINGT & SCHMIDT, 2002. The name Stenotarsus has been replaced for
    Neostenotarsus by PRIBIK & WEINMANN, 2004 because it was preoccupied in a
    genus of Coleoptera.
    Therefore the correct name of this species has to be Neostenotarsus
    guianensis (CAPORIACCO, 1954).

    Schmidt, G. Notes on Haplopelma SIMON, 1892, Melopoeus POCOCK, 1895 and
    Ornithoctonus POCOCK, 1892 (Araneae: Theraphosidae: Ornithoctoninae).
    Tarantulas of the World 142: 30-34
    The informations to the genus Haplopelma in the paper of VON WIRTH &
    STRIFFLER are valueless because these authors did not investigate the type
    species H. doriae.
    This species was studied by SCHMIDT in 1998. It shows short and deeply
    divided spermathecae, straight fovea and a spination of maxillae one can
    find in Ornithoctonus. Therefore Haplopelma doriae is transferred now into
    the genus Ornithoctonus. The other members of the genus Haplopelma not
    belonging to Ornithoctonus are transferred to the genus Melopoeus now
    resurrected. The position of Haplopelma robustum remains unknown.
    "Selenocosmia borneoensis" nomen nudum belongs to the Ornithoctoninae.

    Samm, R. & G. Schmidt. Psalmopoeinae subfamilia nov. – a new subfamily of
    the Theraphosidae (Araneae). Tarantulas of the World 142: 35-41
    For the genera Psalmopoeus and Tapinauchenius, up to now considered as
    members of the subfamilia Aviculariinae, a new subfamilia Psalmopoeinae is
    established. This subfamily is closely related to the Aviculariinae.
    Distinguishing character is the absence of urticating hairs on the
    opisthosoma. From the Selenocosmiinae they differ in the existence of tibial
    spurs in males and in the distribution in Central and South America and to
    the Caribbean, from the Ischnocolinae in the weakly spinose leg segments and
    the lacking of a division of the scopulae of tarsi by hair or bristles.

    Schmidt, G. Key to the identification of the females of the South East Asian
    genus of dwarf tarantulas, Yamia (Araneae: Theraphosidae: Selenocosmiinae).
    Tarantulas of the World 142: 42-47
    To the genus Yamia Kishida, 1920 belong small theraphosid spiders of the
    subfamily Selenocosmiinae lacking stridulation bristles. A third claw is
    present at tarsus IV. The eye tubercle is situated close to the anterior
    margin of the carapace. The anterior eyes are in an almost straight or
    slightly procurved row. Distribution: Different islands of the Philippines
    and island of Lanyu/Taiwan. The most important characteristics for the
    identification of females are the shape of the spermathecae, the relative
    size and the position of the eyes and the distribution. Phlogiellus baeri is
    transferred to Yamia because of the similarity of all characteristics of
    importance with those of the type species Y. watasei. Phlogiellus insularis
    does not belong to this genus. The holotype is an inadult male.

    - Please mind: Chilocosmia is Selenocosmia in the Platnick catalog.
    Psalmopoeinae subfamilia nov. is a re-publication of Samm, R. & G. Schmidt
    (2008 ): Sinurticantinae subfamilia nov. The new name for the subfamily
    became neccessary because naming rules require that an existing genus must
    be chosen as the type for the subfamily, and the subfamily be named after
    this type genus. This was not true for the former meaningful name
    "Sinurticantinae", nor for the sometimes proposed "Neoselenocosmiinae".

    An electronic version of the TOW is not (yet) available. A (complete) paper
    copy can be ordered at

    Last edited by Mark Pennell; 09-08-10 at 12:37 PM. Reason: updated by request

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    That's really something very-very special!!!
    All the best,
    Mikhail from Russia

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