Eremobates legalis Harvey 2002
Datames geniculatus (C.L.
Koch): Simon, 1879a: 138-139, fig. 31.
"Eremocosta geniculata (Simon)": Roewer, 1934: 570, fig. 324q.
"Eremobates geniculatus (Simon)": Muma, 1970a: 10-11, fig. 8;
Muma, 1976: 15; Cloudsley-Thompson, 1977: 64; Maury, 1985a: fig. 9; Muma,
1987: 20; Vázquez Rojas, 1995: 30; Vázquez Rojas, 1996e: 76; Rocha,
2002: fig. 9.
Eremobates legalis Harvey, 2002a: 451; ►Brookhart and Cushing,
2004: 307, fig. 60; ►Brookhart and Brookhart, 2006: 313.
Not "Eremobates geniculatus (Simon)": Muma, 1951: 55-57, figs
54-57 (misidentification, see Eremobates mormonus (Roewer)).
Type.—Female holotype from Mexico, No. 2129 (Roewer
No. 9135) in MNHN
Brookhart and Cushing 2004: 307, fig. 60
Overall coloration pale yellow. Palpus, legs yellow,
propeltidium with faint violet tinge anteriorly. Abdomen grey.
Chelicera typical, posterior tooth of MF in the notch of PT, no
cleft. No palpal papillae, two tiny hair like ctenidia. Operculum
with long, thin arms, smooth medial margin, short gently curving
wings, posterior margin curved (Fig. 60). Female holotype: Total
length 23.0, chelicera length 5.4, chelicera width 2.5, propeltidium
length 2.3, propeltidium width 4.3, palpus length 13.0,
first leg length 10.5, fourth leg length 14.5. Ratios: A/CP 4.93, CL/CW
2.16, PL/PW 0.53, GOL/GOW 0.69.
Known only from holotype.
Brookhart and Cushing (2004) noted that
the specific epithet ‘‘geniculatus’’ is from Latin and means "bent".
They found this interesting since it probably refers to the male
fixed finger and E.
geniculatus was known only from one female.
They also noted that, while Muma (1970) distinguishes this
species by the presence of two small ctenidia, females of several species possess ctenidia
making reliance upon this character for separation invalid, and commented
that they examined other specimens
from the southwestern
labeled E. geniculatus by Muma
and consider them to be misidentifications.
Brookhart and Cushing (ibid.)described
the female genital
opercula as similar to E. ascopulatus.
and Brookhart (2006) included the species in an annotated
checklist of continental North American Solifugae.
the only member of the scaber group presently known from Mexico.
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