An update of the goblin spider genus Birabenella Grismado, 2010 (Araneae, Oonopidae), with the description of three new species. (American Museum novitates, no. 3883)
American Museum of Natural History.
The taxonomy of the poorly known South American goblin spider genus Birabenella Grismado (Araneae: Oonopidae) is updated in light of recently collected material. Three new species are described: B. kamanchaca, from northern Chile, B. portai, from northwestern Argentina, and B. chincha, from southern Peru, where the genus is reported for the first time. The diagnosis of the genus is updated; the presence of the ventral digitiform projection on the male copulatory bulb in the three newly described species supports this character as a putative synapomorphy for the genus. Additionally, all species in this genus possess unipectinate tarsal claws. Preliminary observations indicate that there is some degree of variability in tarsal organ morphology.
17 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 26 cm.
Birabenella., Birabenella kamanchaca., Birabenella portai., Birabenella chincha., Oonopidae., Spiders., Antofagasta (Chile : Region), Tilcara Region (Argentina), Pisco Region (Peru), Chile., Argentina., Peru.