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PHYLOGENY/TAXONOMY

Phylogeny of the Solifugae
Keys to FamiliesFamily Ammotrechidae
AMMOTRECHINAE
  Ammotrecha
  Ammotrechella
      Ammotrechella apejii
      Ammotrechella bahamica
     
Ammotrechella bolivari
     
Ammotrechella bonariensis
      Ammotrechella cubae
      Ammotrechella diaspora
      Ammotrechella geniculata

      Ammotrechella hispaniolana
      Ammotrechella jutisi
      Ammotrechella maguirei

     
Ammotrechella pallida
     
Ammotrechella pseustes
      Ammotrechella setulosa
     
Ammotrechella stimpsoni
     
Ammotrechella tabogana
  Ammotrechesta
  Ammotrechinus
  Ammotrechula
  Antillotrecha
  Campostrecha

  Dasycleobis
  Neocleobis
  Pseudocleobis
MORTOLINAE
  Mortola
NOTHOPUGINAE
  Nothopuga
OLTACOLINAE
  Oltacola
SARONOMINAE
  Branchia
  Chinchippus
  Inessa
  Procleobis
  Saronomus
INCERTAE SEDIS
  Chileotrecha
  Eutrecha
  Xenotrecha
  Happlodontus

Family Ceromidae
Family Daesiidae
Family Eremobatidae
Family Galeodidae
Family Gylippidae
Family Hexisopodidae
Family Karschiidae
Family Melanoblossidae
Family Mummuciidae
Family RhagodidaeFamily Solpugidae
Catalog of the Solifugae

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

Ammotrechella apejii Muma 1971

Ammotrechella apejii ►Muma, 1971a: 97-99, figs 1-4Adobe PDF icon; Muma, 1976: 25w; Muma, 1987: 21w; Armas, 2004b: 60w.

HOLOTYPE:: Jamaica: Clarendon Parish - Portland Cottage, in can trap baited with syrup, 2 February 1969 (S. A. Apeji), 1 male (holotype).  In American Museum of Natural History.

Original description:
Muma, 1971b: 97-99, figs 1-4:

        "MALES: Total length 10.5 to 12.0 mm. Chelicerae 0.8 to 0.8 mm wide and 2.8 to 2.9 mm long.  Propeltidium 2.0 to 2.1 mm wide and 1.9 to 2.0 mm long.  Holotype larger measurements.
Coloration in alcohol pale yellow to yellow with dusky rust-brown to purplish-brown markings as follows: chelicerae with two indistinct dorsal and one indistinct lateral wide stripes; propeltidium dusky except for a small pale area on each side of dark eye tubercle, narrow medium stripe, and a pair of submedian pale areas just anterior to posterior margin; mesopeltidium, metapeltidium, and abdominal tergites pale; venter and coxae of all appendages pale; legs rust-brown in color fading on tarsi to yellow; palpi rust-brown darkening gradually to purplish-brown on metatarsi and tarsi. Malleoli pale yellow.
         Dentition typical of Ammotrechinae as shown in Fig. 1 and 2.  Flagellum ovate with rolled, fringed upper and lower margins, and attached to fixed finger at about the level of a vertical line between the first and second fondal teeth.  Fixed finger with a carina that attains a peak behind the principal tooth of the fixed finger.  Anterior and principal ~eth of fixed finger subequaJ.  Both fixed and movable finger with only 1 intermediate tooth.  Mesal tooth of movable finger distinct.  There are 4 teeth on the ectal margin of the fond but only 3 on the mesal margin.
        Palpi clothed with the usual cylinder bristles, long and short setae, and very long trichobothria; the cylinder bristles are shorter on the upper surfaces of the segments.  In addition, there are 6 pairs of distinguishable spine-like setae on the lower surface of the palpal metatarsi and 5 pairs on the palpal tibiae.  There is no distinguishable series of spine-like setae on the palpal femora.
         Chelicerae about 3.5 times longer  than wide.  Propeltidium wider than long by a ratio of 1 to 1.1.  Eyes slightly less than a diameter apart.
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[Illlustrations forthcoming]

DISTRIBUTION: Jamaica

PUBLISHED RECORDS: Jamaica:  Clarendon Parish - Portland Cottage, in can trap baited with syrup, December 1968 (S. A. Apeji), 1 male (paratype); 1.2 miles west of Milk River Bath, on dead branch between mangrove and zeric cactus scrub, 19 November 1968 (R. E. Woodruff), 1 immature; St. Thomas Parish - 13 miles east of Kingston-Morant Bay Road, 10 October 1968 (R. Kerns), 1 immature.

NOTES:  Muma (1971a) indicated that this species can be readily distinguished from other members of the genus by the palpal coloration and armature, the long cheliceral carina, and the presence of three mesal fondal teeth.  Muma (1976) included the species in his list of Western Hemisphere solifuges, but did not report any new records. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
 


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