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Hottentotta khoozestanus Navidpour et al., 2008

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Description:

Total length of female holotype 119.5 mm.Trichobothrium db on fixed finger of pedipalp situated between trichobothria et and est or dt and et. Chelicerae reticulate. Pectinal teeth number 28–30. Pedipalps and metasoma bear only a few hairs. Color yellowish green except black spot on anterior part of carapace. Femur of pedipalp with 3 carinae, patella with 8 carinae (some of them weakly indicated), chela lacks carinae. Movable fingers of pedipalps with 16 rows of granules and 4 or 5 terminal granules. Seventh mesosomal sternite smooth, with 4 smooth carinae. First and second metasomal segments with 10 carinae; third and fourth segments with 8 carinae and fifth segment with 5 carinae, 3 ventral (1 median, 2 lateral) and 2 dorsal. Dorsal carinae of metasomal segments bear terminal granules of size approximately equal to preceding granules. Dorsal surface smooth, fifth metasomal segment with 2 short, inconspicuous carinae. Ventral carinae on first to fourth metasomal segments smooth, without granules. All metasomal segments longer than wide.
The described features distinguish H. khoozestanus from all other species of the genus. They are recounted in the key below. Together with H. saulcyi (Simon, 1880) and H. schach (Birula, 1905), the new species is among the largest in the genus. The last species hitherto described from Iran is H. zagrosensis Kovařík, 1997. H. khoozestanus can be easily distinguished from the above named three species on two characters: (1) Hairless pedipalps and metasoma, which in the other three species are densely hirsute. And (2) coloration; whereas H. khoozestanus has the fifth metasomal segment and telson yellow, in the other three species those parts are black (H. zagrosensis is entirely black)

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