The Arachnid Order Solifugae



Phylogeny of the Solifugae
Keys to FamiliesFamily Ammotrechidae
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





Eremochelis cochiseae Muma 1989

Eremochelis cochiseae Muma, 1989: 32-33, figs 50-53; Brookhart and Brookhart, 2006: 317.

HOLOTYPE: United States. Arizona: Cochise County - Portal, 9 November 1964 (V. Roth), males (including holotype), females (including allotype).  Deposited in DPI.

Original description
Muma, 1989: 32-33, figs 50-33:

males:  Total length, 13.0 to 13.5 mm.  Allotype larger measurements. [sic]

                            LENGTH             WIDTH
Chelicerae         3.1-3.2 mm          1.0-1.1 mm.
Propeltidium    1.6-1.8                  2.1-2.2
Palpi                   14.0-14.5             CL/CW=2.90           
Leg 1                   9.0-10.0                PW/PL=1.29
Leg 4                   16.0-17.0              A/CP=8.28

        Coloration in alcohol dusky yellow distinctively marked with dark to dusky purple as follows:  eye tubercle dark; propeltidium reticulate dusky with narrow pale median stripe, an indistinct light ovate area on each side of eye tubercle, and narrow pale band along ectal and posterior margin; mesopeltidium , metapeltidium, and abdomen tergites lightly dusky and somewhat darker on lateral margins resulting in two narrow dark dorsal stripes on abdomen; abdominal pleura pale; chelicerae with two dorsal and 1 lateral dark stripes; palpi and legs dark on all segments except basally on femora and all of coxae; venter pale; malleoli pale except for a thin dark line along ectal margin.
       Structure similar to other species of group as shown in measurements and ratios, figure 50 of the chelicerae, and figure 51 of abdominal ctenidia.  Palpal setae so slender they cannot be counted accurately.  No scopula on palpus and fondal tooth size gradient III, II, IV, I ectally and I, III, II, IV mesally.  Palpal metatarsus longer than tarsus by a ratio of 1 to 3.7.

FEMALES: Total length, 15.0 to 18.0 mm.

                            LENGTH         WIDTH
Chelicerae         3.9-4.4 mm      1.8-1.6 mm.
Propeltidium    2.9-1.8              4.7-2.9
Palpi                   11.0-12.0         CL/CW=2.80             
1st legs               8.0-9.5              PW/PL=1.58
4th legs              15.0-17.0          A/CP=5.50

        Coloration in alcohol similar to males except females are somewhat paler.
        Structure similar to other females of group with specific differences as indicated in measurements and ratios, figure 52 of chelicerae, and figure 53 of opercula.  There are 4 trace ctenidia on first post-stigmatic abdominal sternite and palpi also have spine-like ventral setae.

PUBLISHED RECORDS: United States. Arizona: Cochise County - Portal, on outside wall of house, 26 October 1986 (M. H. Muma), 1 female.  New Mexico: Grant County - Silver City,  in can trap in pinyon-juniper life zone, 18 November 1972 (M. H. Muma), 1 female; Lake Roberts, in house, 21 August 1981 (Wanda Galloway), 1 male.




























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