The Orb-Weaver Genera Singa and Hypsosinga in America (Araneae: Araneidae).
Psyche 78(4):229-256, 1971.
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THE ORB-WEAVER GENERA SINGA AND 4HYPSOSINGA IN AMERICA (ARANEAE : ARANEIDAE)*
BY HERBERT W. LEVI
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University The North American spiders commonly placed in Skga belong to four different genera. It was first thought best to publish on these species together with the small species of Araneus. However, the slowness with which the Araneus studies proceed makes it advisable to publish on Singa and Hypsosinga first. Most of the specimens of these genera belonging to the American Museum appear to be lost and only small collections other than those of the Museum of Comparative Zoology were available. I would like to thank the following for loan of additional specimens: Dr. J. A. Beatty; Mr. D. E. Bixler; Mr. D. Buckle; Dr. J. A. L. Cooke for collections of the American Museum of Natural History and Cornell University; Dr. R. Crabill for specimens from the U.S. National Museum; Dr. B. Cutler; Dr. C. D. Dondale of the Canada Dept. of Agriculture; Dr. B. J. Kaston; Dr. W. W. Moss for collections from the Academy of Natural Sciences, Phila- delphia; Dr. W. Peck for specimens from the Exline collection; Dr. J. Pr6szyhski for collections of the Polish Academy of Sciences; Miss Susan Riechert; Mr. V. Roth; Dr. W, Shear; Dr. C. Ti-iple- horn of Ohio State University; Prof. S. L. Tuxen for specimens from the Zoological Museum of the University of Copenhagen; Dr. J. D. Unzicker for specimens from the Illinois Natural History Survey; Prof. M. Vachon and Dr. M. Hubert for collections of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris; Dr. "R. Vogel; and Dr. H. I<. Wallace. I am also indebted to Mr. J. Denis, Mr. G. Ptihringer, and especially to Miss Susan Riechert for helpful information. The research and publication were supported by Public Health Service Grant AI-01944 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Shga C. L. Koch
Singa C. L. Koch, 1836, Arachniden, vol. 3, p. 42. Type species Singa hamata (Clerck) designated by Thorell, 1869. On European Spiders, p. 58. The name is of feminine gender.
Diagnosis. The anterior median eyes are the largest, the posterior medians the same size or smaller, the laterals about 0.6 diameter of the anterior medians. In Sings the median ocular quadrangle is wider *Manuscript received by the editor February 8, 1972. 229
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in front (Figs. 20, 30) ; in Hypsosinga it is rectangular or wider behind. The carapace of the female is shiny and has no thoracic depression (Figs. 22, 32) ; in the male it has a short longitudinal line. The first coxa of the Singa male, unlike that of the Hypso- singa male, has a hook on the side. The height of the clypeus is equal to or less than the diameter of the anterior median eyes (Figs. 20, 30) ; in >Hypsosinga it is higher. The second tibia of the Sings male may be modified; in Hypsosinga the first tibia may be modified. In Sings the sides of the abdomen are almost parallel and the abdomen overhangs the spinnerets. There are two dorsal longi- tudinal black bands on the abdomen of Singa (Figs. 21, 22, 31, 32). The female genitalia differ from those of Hypsosinga in that Singa has a scape on the epigynum (Figs. 6, 1 I, 25). The palpus of the Singa male has an enormous terminal apophysis (A in Figs. 3, 5, 9), ending in a sclerotized spine and located in the contracted palpus on the outer side of a rather narrow tegulum (Fig. 5). Below the terminal apophysis, a heavily sclerotized hook, perhaps the subterminal apophysis (SA in Figs. I, 3, IO), lies hidden in the contracted bulb. The embolus may have a lamella (Figs. I, 9) ; it does not seem to have a part that breaks off in mating. The stipes (I in Fig. I) is a distinct sclerite in S. hamata, but is apparently fused to the embolus in S. keyserlingi
(Fig. 9). The tegulum is
widest near the base of the conductor (Figs. 2, 3, 10). Natural History. Surprisingly little is known about the habits of Sings. They make a complete orb. Nielsen (1932, Biology of Spiders, 2; fig. 330) has a picture of the retreat of S. hamata. Both American species prefer moist locations, and adults are found through- out the season. G. Puhringer (personal communication) told me that Singa phragnziteti Nemenz is common on reeds along the Neu- siedler See in Austria. It prefers a site above water and has to be collected from a boat. I suspect that American species have similar habits, which may account for the few specimens in collections. Distribution. Species are known only from Eurasia and temperate North America. All others described are probably misplaced. Misplaced American Species. (This list of names follows Roewer, 1942, Katalog der Araneae. The types of the species, unless indicated otherwise, have been examined. Species placed in Hypsosinga are not listed. )
abbreviata Keyserling, I 879 = Theridiosomatidae. k r y i Archer, 1958 = Metepeira bengryi (Archer), new com- bination.
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calix Walckenaer, 1841 = Alpaida calix, new combination. crewii Banks, 1903; the type is lost, the description is not recog- niza ble.
dotana Banks, 1914 = Theridion dotanum.
d~odecim~uttata Keyserling, 1879 = Alpaida duodecimguttata (Keyserling), new combination.
erythrothorax Taczanowski, 1873 = Alpaida erythrothorax (Tac- zanowski) , new combination.
essequibensis Mello-Leitiio, 1948 = ?Alpaida essequibensis, type specimens unavailable.
ftava 0. P.-Cambridge, 1894 = Araneus ftavus (0. P.-Cam- bridge).
ftoridana Banks, 1896 = Araneus fioridana (Banks). leucogramma White, 1841 = Alpaida leucogramma (White), new combination.
listerii McCook, I 893 = Araneus pratensis Emerton. longicauda Taczanowski, I 878 = generic placement uncertain. marm ota Taczanowski, I 873 = Alpaida marmorata (Taczanow- ski), new combination.
maura Hentz, 1847 = Alpaida calix Walckenaer. nzoesta Banks, 1893. The type has been destroyed, the descrip- tion cannot be recognized.
mollybyrnae McCook, 1893 = Metazygia pallidula (Keyserling). NEW SYNONYMY. Type locality in error; not District of Colum- bia, probably Colombia.
niveosigillaa Mello-LeitiTo, I 941 = ?Alpaida niveosigellata, type specimens unavailable.
pratensis Emerton, I 884 = Araneus pratensis (Emerton) . paticola Simon, 1895 = Araneus pratensis (Emerton). tremens Holmberg, 1876. The type has been destroyed. vanbruysseli Becker, I 879 = Cyclosa turbinata (Walckenaer) , NEW SYNONYMY.
vittata Taczanowski, 1873. The type is lost. The two common species north of Mexico, calix and patensis, are obviously misplaced. Judging by the structure of the genitalia, Singa pratensis is close to Araneus sturmi (Hahn) of Europe. Dif- ferences are the shape of the abdomen and lack of body setae, but the shape, setation, and coloration of the abdomen are quite variable in the many species of these small Araneus. Araneus sturmi is the type species of the genus Atea. At present it does not seem wise or even feasible to fragment the genus Araneus. It would lead to
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proliferation of names without meaning for relationships. They are obviously monophyletic.
Sinpa caZix belongs to a South American genus, one of the largest genera of orb weavers in the Americas. As far as I know at present, the oldest name is Alpaida 0. P.-Cambridge, 1889. But numerous
other generic names have been used for this genus; Lariniacantha Archer (1951, Amer. Mus. Novitates, no,. 1487, p. 15) most re- cently. The genus is much closer to Awnthepeira than to Sings. However, I am still hestitant about the placement until I have more knowledge of the webs and habits of the species in the genus. Key to American Species of Sings
la. Base of epigynum trapezoidal, with sides sclerotized (Figs. II- 14) ; median apophysis of palpus with one hook (Figs. 23, 24) . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . , . . , . . , . . , , ,. . . . . . . ....... , . , . . . . keyserZingi ib. Base of epigynum with a lobe on each side (Fig. 25) ; median apophysis of palpus with two hooks (Figs. 33, 34) ........ eugeni Singa hamata (Clerck)
Araneus hamatus Clerck, 1757, Aranei Svedici, p. 51, pi. 3, fig. 4. Female
type specimens from Sweden believed lost. Bonnet, 1955, Bibliographia
Araneorum, vol. 2, p. 513.
Singa hamata,- C. L. Koch, 1836, Die Arachniden, vol. 3, p. 42, figs. 197, 198, 9, 8. Wiehle, 1931, in Tierwelt Deutschlands, vol. 23, p. 42, figs. 54-57, 9, 5. Roewer, 1942, Katalog der Araneae, vol. 1, p. 873. Locket and Millidge, 1953, British Spiders, vol. 2, p. 157, figs. 102b, 103c, 105c, 9, 5.
This species, very similar to the two American ones, is known only from Eurasia.
Sings keyserlingi McCook
Figures 9-24, Map I
Singa keyserlingi McCook, 1893, American Spiders, vol. 3, p. 230, pi. 19, fig. 2, 9. Female holotype from St. Louis, Missouri, in the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia; examined and labelled as type. Singa campestrls Emerton, 1915, Trans. Connecticut Acad. Sci., vol. 20, p. 153, pi. 3, fig. 3, 8. Male syntype from Rat Portage, Ontario, in the Museum of Comparative Zoology; examined. NEW SYNONYMY. Note. McCook described S. keyserlingi as a new species. How- ever, in the first paragraph of the description he finds it necessary "to propose a new name" for the species Keyserling illustrated and called erroneously Sings rubella (Hentz). The specimens McCook
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Figs. 1-8. Singa hamafa (Clerck). 1-5. Left palpus. 1-3. Expanded. 4. Mesal view. 5. Ventral view. 6-8. Epigyaum. 6. Ventral. 7. Posterior. 8. Dorsal.
Figs. 9-10, Singa keyseriwgi McCook, palpus, expanded. Abbreviations: A, terminal apophysis; C, conductor; DH, distal hema- todocha; E, embolus; H, basal hematodocha; I, stipes; M, median apophysis; P, paracymbium ; R, radix ; S, subtegulum ; SA, subterminal apophysis; T, tegulum; Y, cymbium.
Size Indicators: 0.1 mm.
had on hand and figured were specimens of what is here considered to be S. keyserlingi, and not what Keyserling called rubella. In the United States National Museum there is a specimen marked Singa rubella Hentz, St. Louis, Mo., collected by Marx. Another label in the vial reads "Cotype 1688 U.S.N.M." The specimen contained is a female of what is here called S. eugeni, and there is no evidence that it is a syntype of S. keyserlingi Mc'Cook. McCook reports having seen specimens from the District of Columbia in the Marx collection. Keyserling also reports that the Singa rubella he examined
came from the District of Columbia from the Marx collection.
Figure 13 was prepared from the type of S. camfiestris. Description. Female from Wisconsin. Carapace orange ; head region, clypeus black.
Chelicerae, labium, endites dark brown. Ster- num orange. Legs orange, distal articles darker. Dorsum of abdo- men with two wide black bands separated by a narrow white band (Fig. 22). Sides of black bands have lateral white band (Fig. 21). Venter has a black patch which may have a white line on each side. Anterior median eyes slightly more than one diameter apart, one diameter from laterals. Posterior median eyes their radius apart, two and one-half diameters from laterals. Total length 5.5 mm. Carapace 2.4 mm long, I .7 mm wide. First femur, I .4 mm ; patella and tibia, 2.1 mm; metatarsus, 1.3 mm; tarsus, 0.7 mm. Second patella and tibia, I .9 mm; third, 1.3 mm; fourth, 1.7 mm. Male from Wisconsin. The coloration is like that of the female except that black on the head seems limited to the eye region. The
chelicerae are black only distally, orange at the base. The dorsum
of the abdomen is all black. The anterior median eyes one and one- third diameters apart, one diameter from laterals. Posterior median eyes their radius apart, two and one-half diameters from laterals. The palpal patella has two weak macrosetae. The first and second
legs have strong macrosetae on prolateral surface, but are not bent or swollen.
Total length 3.9 mm. Carapace 2.2 mm long, 1.6 mm wide. First femur, 1.5 mm; and tibia, 2.0 mm; metatarsus, 1.4 mm; tarsus, 0.7 mm.
Second patella and tibia, 1.8 mm; third, 1.2 mm; fourth, 1.5 mm.
Variation. In the female the scape of the epigynum varies greatly in length and shape (Figs. 11-15) ; the internal ducts may be either heavily sclerotized or transparent, sac-like and difficult to make out. Females vary from 5.1-6.0 mm in total length, carapace I .5-I .7 mm
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Singa kfysfrhgi McCook. 11-22. Female. 11-19, Epigyniim. 11-14. Ventral 11. (Illinois). 12. (Wisconsin). 13. (Ontario). 14, 15. (South Dakota). IS. Posterior. 16-19. Cleared. 16. Subventral. 17. Ventral. IS. Dorsolateral. 19. Posterior. 20. Face. 21. Abdomen, lateral. 22. Dorsal. 23-24. Left palpus. 23. Maal. 24. Ventral. Size indicator^: 0.1 mm, except for Figs. 21-22, 1 mrn.
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Males vary from 2.3-4.0 mm in total length, carapace I .3-I .6 mm wide.
Females differ from those of 8. eugeni in the shape of the base of the epigynum, trapezoidal with the lateral margins sclerotized (Figs. I I- I 4) . The male differs from that of S. eugeni by having only one hook on the median apophysis (Figs. 23, 24). Natural History.
Sings keyserlingi has been collected from open woods, in low shrubs and by sweeping grass on lakeshores. Mature males have been collected in all months between May and August. Females have been collected through September. Distribution.
From Edmonton, Alberta, Smoky Falls, Ontario to Black Warrior National Forest (Winston Co.), Alabama (Map 1).
Singa eugeni sp. n.
Figures 25-34, Map I
Singa rubella,-Keyserling, 1893, Spinnen Amerikas, vol. 4, p. 284, pi. 14, fig. 209, 9. Not Epeira rubel1,a Hentz. Type, Male holotype and female paratype from T8N, R5E. SgNWg, Iowa County, Wisconsin (Susan Riechert), in the Mu- seum of Comparative Zoology. The species is named after Count Eugen Keyserling.
Description. Female. Carapace orange with a wide black band covering eye region (Fig. 32), narrowing behind. Clypeus black. Chelicerae brown-black. Labium black. Sternum yellowish with dark brown margin. Legs yellow. Dorsum of abdomen with two longi- tudinal dark bands; at each end the bands are darker and approach each other (Fig. 32). The bands are separated by a white pigment line.
The sides are white (Fig. 31) ; the venter is yellowish with an indistinct dark area in the middle. The anterior median eyes are one and one-quarter diameters apart, less than one diameter from laterals.
Posterior median eyes are less than one-quarter diameter apart, one and one-half diameters from laterals. Total length 4.6 mm. Carapace 2.0 mm long, 1.4 mm wide. First femur, 1.3 mm; patella and tibia, 2.2 mm; metatarsus, 1.2 mm; tarsus, 0.6 mm. Second patella and tibia, I .g mm; third, 1.2 mm ; fourth, I .7 mm. Male.
The coloration of the male is like that of female. The carapace is narrower in front than in the female. The anterior median eyes overhang the chelicerae. The anterior median eyes are more than one diameter apart, their radius from laterals. The pos-
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I I /' Singa keyserlingi
Map. 1. Distribution of Sd'nga kcyscrlingi (McCook) and S. cugeni sp. n.
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terior median eyes are one-quarter diameter apart, one and one-half diameters from laterals. The second tibia is thick, slightly curved, with macrosetae on prolateral side, but only very slightly modified. The palpal patella has one strong and one very weak seta. There are eight black, sclerotized dorsal muscle attachments on the abdo- men. Except for the narrower carapace, the male looks like the female. Total length 5 mm. Carapace 2.2 mm long, 1.6 mm wide. First femur, 2.2 mm; patella and tibia, 3.4 mm; metatarsus, 2.3 mm; tarsus, 0.9 mm. Second patella and tibia, 2.9 mm; third, 1.4 mm; fourth, 1.9 mm.
Variation. In some individuals only four black spots remain of the two abdominal bands, two anterior and two posterior. If present the soft projection from the terminal apophysis, seen in ventral view (Fig. 34), may be either a flap or a rod. Females are from 4.3- 6.5 mm in total length, carapace I .I-I .6 mm wide; males are from 3.6-5.4 mm in total length, carapace 1.2-1.8 mm wide. Diagnosis. Females are distinguished from those of S. keyserlingi by the smaller epigynum with a lobe on each side of scape (Fig. 25), as opposed to a sclerotized diagonal margin seen in S. keyserlingi. The median apophysis of the palpus has two hooks, one on each end (Figs. 33, 34). In the related S. nitidula of Europe the median apophysis is of different shape and the embolus narrower. Natural 'History. Wisconsin specimens came from open bottom- land forest, along backwaters of river edges, and edge of marsh; Georgia specimens came from Spartma stems. Barrows ( 191 8, Ohio J. Sci., 18: 310) reported that a Sinpa from Cedar Point, Ohio, almost certainly this species, made "a small orb in tops of dune grass (Andropogon). During the day it stays in the hollow stems of dead grass." The spiders have also been collected in Penn- sylvania by the wasp Efiisyron quinquenotatus (Say). The males are mature in September and October in the north. Adult females
have been collected from May to October. Localities collected. Pennsylvania; Erie Co.: Presque Isle State Park. Ohio. Erie Co.: Cedar Point. D.C. Washington. Georgia. Mclntosh Co. : Sapelo Island. Michigan. Clinton Co. : Rose Lake. Eaton Co. : Calumet. Livington Co. : George Reserve. Midland Co. Wisconsin. Iowa Co.: 9, 8 paratypes. Jefferson Co. (Map I).
Ifypsosinga Ausserer, 1871, Verhandl. 2001. Bot. Gesell. Wien, vol. 21, p. 823 (subgenus). Type species Singa sunguinea (C. L. Koch)
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Figs. 25-34, Siaqa euqeni sp. n. 25-32. Female Ventral. 26. Posterior. 27-29. Cleared. 27. Dorsal. 28. Ventral. 29. -
Posterior. 30. Face. 31. Abdomen, lateral. 32. Dorsal. 33-34, Left palp~~s. 33. Mesal. 34. Ventral.
Six Indicators: 0.1 mm, except fcr Figs. 31, 32, 1 mm.
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designated by Petrunkevitch, 1911, Bull. Amer. Mus. Natur. Hist., vol. 29, p. 275. The name is of feminine gend,er. Note. Both Wiehle ( 1931 ) and Roewer's Katalog der Araneae spell the generic name Hyposinga. Roewer changed the spelling of many generic names from long accustomed usage to the spelling of that of the original author. But here Roewer changed the original spelling. Ausserer consistently spelled the name with "s" and also indicated that a main character of the subgenus is the high clypeus (hypo, Greek for high).
Diagnosis. I3ypsosinga differs from Sings in having the posterior median eyes the largest ( 1.2-2 diameters of anterior median eyes, Figs. 52, 64, 93, 105). The ocular quadrangle is wider behind than in front, or rectangular. The clypeus height in Hypsosinga is 1.5 to 3 diameters of the anterior median eyes (Figs. 52, 64, 81, 105), but only about one diameter of the anterior median eyes in Singas It is always slightly higher in males than females. As in Singa, but unlike most Araneus, I.ypsosinga has the carapace smooth and rather wide in front, wider than the eye area (Figs. 54, 66) ; there is no thoracic depression, or sometimes a small longitudinal black mark in the male. Unlike many Araneus, the males of the North American species have no hooks on the first coxae. The first tibiae of males of I$. singaeformis and H. groenlandica are swollen (Fig. 71). In many araneids, it is the second tibia that is modified. The abdomen in Hypsosinga unlike that of Singo tends to be oval, widest in the middle, with either two dorsal longitudinal bands or four dark spots (Figs. 54, 66, 83, 95, 106). Like Sings, unlike Armeus, Hypsosinga frequently has the eye region black. The epigynum differs from those of both Sings and Araneus in lacking a scape (Figs. 49, 61, 102). The palpus differs from that of Sings in having a smaller terminal apopthysis (A) and a spur on the ventral
face of the tegulum
(Figs. 35, 36, 39). Hypsosinga
differs from all other genera of Araneidae in having a large tsans- parent scale attached to the base of the embolus (Fig. 69) ; the scale breaks off in mating and lodges in the epigynum (Figs* 99, 100; Levi, 1972). A scar remains on the embolus (Figs. 70, 98). The median apophysis is small in all species (M) Figs. 35, 38) 39). The palpal patella has two setae.
Description. All species are quite simila,r in general appearance and unlike Neoscona species differ more from each other in genitalic differences than in abdominal patterns. The carapace is orange, lacking hair; eye region black, and rarely in individuals, the black
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may extend to a point on thorax) or only surround eyes (H. groen- Zandica, Fig. 93). Sternum ora,nge to dark brown. Legs orange, rarely with longitudinal lines in H. singaeformis, and very rarely banded in some individuals of H. rubens. Juveniles may have white pigment spots on dorsum of carapace and sometimes on sternum. Abdomen with little hair and with two longitudinal black bands indistinctly separated by a lighter area, but fused posteriorly (Figs. 66, 83). Bands very distinctly set off toward lighter sides (Figs. 53, 65, 82). The dark bands are usually darkest anteriorly and pos- teriorly. There may only be four black spots on dorsum, or they may be compIetely missing; sometimes abdomen entirely black. The sides may have an additional black band (Fig. 53). Venter of abdomen black with a white longitudinal line on each side (Figs. 53, 94). Males have abdominal pattern Iess distinct. Smaller individuals of 12. rubens and females of H. dberta may have the dorsal muscle spots sclerotized. Total length of females is 2.4-.5.1 mm, of maIes 2.2-3.5 mm.
Natural History. Hytsosinga make a complete orb probably with a retreat. A11 species are most commonly collected by sweep- ing vegetation. Males are mature in spring) the females throughout the season.
Distribution. Species of Hypsosinga are only known from Eurasia, North Africa and North America.
Keys to American species of Hypsosinga
Female epigynum with a median depression (Fig. 102). MaIe unknown ; Western Canada ............................................ alberta Female epigynum with a median, raised septum (Figs. 49, 61, go) ............................................................................................... 2 Epigynum with septum having sides almost parallel and septum about one-third width ,of epigynum
(Fig. 49) ; male embolus
long and thread-shaped ( Figs. 5 5-5 7 ) ........................ varia.biZis
Sides of epigynal septum not paraIle1, or if parallel not as wide as one-third of epigynum; male embolus short .................... 3 Sides of septum aImost straight, septum triangular in appear- ance (Figs. 76) 77) ; embolus 0.f palpus long and thin, much narrower than the space surrounded by it and terminal apophysis (Figs. 87) 88) ............................................................... ubem Side of septum concave (Figs. 61, go) ; embolus of palpus as wide or wider than Iong, wider tha,n space surrounded by it and terminal apophysis (Figs. 70, 98) .................................... 4
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4a. Posterior transverse part of epigynal scape wider than length of scape (Fig. 61) ; distal edge of palpal tegulum and tegulum spur smooth (Fig. 68) ; widespread .................... singaeformis 4b. Posterior transverse pa,rt of epigynal scape shorter than length of scape (Fig, go) ; distal edge of tegulum and tegulum spur jagged (Fig. 97) ; Northwest Territories to Greenland ........ groenZmdica
.................................................................................... Hypsosinga sanguinea (C, L. Koch)
Figures 3 5-43
Singa sanguinca C. L. Koch, 1845, Arachniden, vol. 11, p. 155, pl. 951, 9. Female holotype presumably in the Zoologisches Museum, Humboldt Universitat, Berlin, not examined. Wiehle, 1931, in Dahl, Tierwelt Deutschlands, vol. 23, p. 49, figs. 69, 70, 9, 8. Locket and Miliidge, 1953, British Spiders, vol. 2, p. 155, figs. 103, D, E, 104, C, 9, 8.
Hypsosinga sanguinea, - Ausserer, 1871, Verhandl. 2001. Bot. Ges. Wen, vol. 21, p. 823.
Singa atra Ku!czynski, 1885, Denkschr. Akad. Wissenschaft. Krakau, vol, 11, p. 23, PI. 9, fig. 6, 9. Two female syntypes from Kamchatka in the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw; examined. NEW SYNONYMY. Note. The syntypes of Singa atra are slightly larger than speci- mens examined from Central Europe and the median raised part of the epigynum is slightly wider.
Natural History. This species lives close t~ the ground, some- times in heather, but also in limestone areas. The web has 19-21 spokes, the center is 15 cm above the gi-ound and the diameter of the web is 53 nm. The spider remains in the center; it has no retreat. Adult ~nales are found in May and June, females until Aupst (Wiehle, 193 I ; Locket and Millidge, 1953). Distribution. Eurasia and North Africa. In the IL!Iuseum of Comparative Zoology are specimens from Formosa (Taiwan). Hypsosingia variabi/ix ( Emerton )
Figures 44-57 ; 3lap 2
Singa wariahilis Emerton, 1884, Trans. Connecticut Acad. Sci., vol. 6? p. 322, pl. 34, fig. 16, pl. 37, figs. 19-21, 9, 8. Two male and five female syntypes from New Haven, Connecticut in the Museum of Comparztive Zoology; examined. McCook, 1893. American Spiders, vol. 3, p. 23'3, pl. 20, figs. 11-13, pl. 19, fig. 7, 9, 8. Kaston, 1948, Bull. Connecticut Geol. Natur. Hist. Surv., vol. 70, p. 241, figs. 760-765, 9, 8. A4icronct~z disti?zcta Banks, 1892, Proc. Acad. Natur. Sci. Philadelphia, p. 48, PI. 2, fig. 53, 8. Male type from Ithaca, New York, in the Museum of comparative Zoology; examined. NEW SYNONYMY. Linyphia hicolor Banks, 1906, Proc. Entomol. SOC. Washington, vol. 7, p. 97. One female, two male syntypes from Olympia, Washington in the
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Figs, 3 543. Hy@.tosinga ~anguineu (C, L. Koch ). 35-39. Left pa!pug. 35-37. Expanded. 32. Subme$al. 39. Ventral. 40-43, Epigynum, with a palpal wale. 40. Ventral. 41, Posterior. 42-43, Cleared, 42. Dorsal. 43. Posterior. Figs. 44-45. Hypso~ingu variabilis (Emerton) , palpus, expanded. Ahbrewiutions:
A, terminal apphysi* ; C, conductor; E, embolus ; H, basal hematodocha; I, stipes; M, median apophysk; P, paracymbium; R, radix; S, subtegulum; T, tegulum; Y, cymbium. Size indicator^: 0.1 mm.
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Museum of Comparative Zoology ; examined. Not Linyphia bicolor Nicolet, 1849. NEW SYNONYMY.
Singa cubana Banks, 1909, Kept. Centr. Exp. Sta. Cuba, vol. 2, p. 157, pi. 45, fig. 8, 9. Female holotype from Havana, Cuba, in the Museum of Comparative Zoology ; examined. NEW SYNONYMY. Linyphia banksi Petrunkevitch, 1911, Bull. Amer. Mus. Natur. Hist., vol. 29, p. 246. New name for Lynyphia bicolor Banks, name preoccupied. NEW SYNONYMY.
Araneus varians Petrunkevitch, 1911, Bull. Amer. Mus. Natur. Hist,, vol. 29, p. 323. New name for Singa variabilis because erroneously thought preoccupied by Epeira variabilis Keyserling, 1864. Not Araneus varians Thorell, 1899.
Singa melania Chamberlin and Ivie, 1947, Bull. Univ. Utah, biol. ser., vol. 10, ser. 3, p. 64. Juvenile type from Matanuska, Alaska; lost. NEW SYNONYMY.
Araneus itemvarians Bonnet, 1955, Bibliographia Araneorum, vol. 2, p. 523. New name for Araneus varians Petrunkevitch, 1911. Map. 2. Distribution of Hypsosinga variabilis (Emerton) .
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Figs. 46-57. Hypsosinga variabilis (Emerton). 46-54. Female. 46-51. Epigynum. 46. Dorsal, cleared.
47. Ventral with scales. 48. Ventral, cleared. 49. Ventral. 50. Posterior, cleared. 51. Posterior. 52. Face. 53. Abdomen, lateral. 54. Dorsal. 55-57. Left palpus. 55. Mesal. 56. Ventral. 57. Lateral. Size Indicators: 0.1 mm, except for Figs. 53, 54, 1 mm.
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Note. The only character of possible diagnostic value mentioned by Chamberlin and Ivie for 5. melania is that the anterior lateral eyes are larger than the posterior laterals. This size difference among lateral eyes may be found in S. variabilis and not in other species of Singa.
Description. Female from Michigan. Total length 4.0 mm. Carapace 1.5 mm long, 1.3 mm wide. First femur, 1.2 mm; patella and tibia, I .5 mm; metatarsus, 1.0 mm; tarsus, 0.5 mm. Second patella and tibia, 1.3 mm; third, 0.9 mm; fourth, 1.4 mm. Male from Michigan. Total length 2.2 mm. Carapace 1.3 mm long, I .o mm wide. First femur, I -2 mm ; patella and tibia, I .3 rnm ; metatarsus, 0.9 mm; tarsus, 0.5 mm. Second patella and tibia, 1.2 mm; third, 0.7 mm; fourth, I .o mm.
Variation. The coloration of the abdomen is from black to yellowish white, the light specimens may have four dorsal black spots on the abdomen, rarely two bands
(Fig. 54). The females
are 2.9-3.9 mm total length, carapace 1.0-1.5 mm wide. Males are 2.2-2.6 mm total length, carapace 1.0-1.9 mm wide. The largest specimens come from the northern part of the range, the smallest from the southern.
Diagnosis. Hypsosinga wariabilis is closest to H. sanguinea of Eurasia, the long embolus (Figs. 55-57), the wide median septum of the epigynum (Figs. 47, 49) of I?. variabilis separates it from other American species.
Natural History. The only observations are from sweeping it from a wet meadow in Minnesota, and roadside grass in Manitoba; vegetation bordering canal in Florida. The males are mature in May and June, females have been collected adult in May to July, in August to February in Florida.
Distribution. From Alaska and Cartwright, Labrador to Hav ana, Cuba (Map 2).
iYypsosinga singaef ormis ( Scheffer )
Figures 58-7 I ; Map 3
Araneus singaeformis Scheffer, 1904, Entomol. News, vol. 15, p. 259, pi. 17, figs. 4-6, 9. Female syntypes from Wallace County, Kansas in the Museum of Comparative Zoology ; examined. Singa schefferi Banks, 1910, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., vol. 72, p. 40. New name since Araneus schefferi thought preoccupied by Epeira singaeformis Hasselt, 1882.
Singa singaeformis, - Roewer, 1942, Katalog der Araneae, vol. 1, p. 878. Singa orotes Archer, 1951, Amer. Mus. Novitates, no. 1487, p. 41, figs. 36, 37, 61, 8. Male holotype from Regnier, Colorado [48 km south and
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Figs. 58-71. Hypsasi7rga singaeformh (Scheffer). 58-66. Female. 58-63. Epigynum, 58. Dorsal, cleared. 59. Ventral with scale. 60. Ventral, cleared. 61. Ventral. 62. Posterior, cleared. 63. Posterior, 64. Face. 65. Abdomen, lateral. 66. Dorsal. 67-69. Left palpus. 67, Mesal. 68. Ventral. 69. Mesal with scale. 70. Embolus, terminal apophysis and conductor. 71. Left tibia and patella of male, ventral.
Size Indicators: 0.1 mm, except for Figs. 65. 66, 71, 1 mm.
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slightly west of Springfield, Baca County, 1400 m elev.] in the Ameri- can Museum of Natural History; examined. NEW SYNONYMY. Araneus singiformis, - Bonnet, 1955, Bibliographia Araneorum, vol. 2, p. 600.
Figure 69 was prepared from the holotype of S. orates, a specimen that was parasitized by a nematomorph worm. Description. Female from South Dakota. Total length 3.8 mm. Carapace I .5 mm long, I .2 mm wide. First femur, 1 .2 mm; patella and tibia, 1.4 mm; metatarsus, 0.9 mm; tarsus, 0.4 mrn. Second
patella and tibia, 1.2 mm; third, 0.9 mm; fourth, 1.3 mm. Male from South Dakota. The first tibia is swollen at the proxi- mal end (Fig. 71). Total length 2.7 mm. Carapace 1.3 mm long, 1.3 mm wide. First femur, 1.2 mm; patella and tibia, I .6 mm; metatarsus, 0.9 mm; tarsus, 0.5 mm. Second patella and tibia, 1.4 mm; third, 0.9 mm; fourth, 1.3 mm.
Variation. The total length of females is 2.9-5.0 mm, the carapace width, 1.0-1.6 mm. The males are 2.4-3.5 mm total length, cara- pace I .I-I .4 mm wide.
Females can be distinguished by the concave margin on each side of the median septum of the epigynum, and the wide anteriorly curved posterior margin on each side (Fig. 61) while the septum of 19. rubens is more or less triangular. The embolus of the palpus is short (Figs. 67, 70) and the terminal a~ophysis above the embolus at a right angle to its long axis (Figs. 67, 70), separating the species from I$. rubens, which has a long embolus. Natura/ History. The species has been collected by beating pines in Alberta, sweeping meadow in South Dakota, from meadow and litter in woods in Arkansas, a grassy field in California, in old weedy overgrown ranch at Yuma, Arizona, a strawberry field in Arkansas, and grass in Louisiana. Males are mature in June and July, females from May to August, and February in Florida. Distribution. From Hondo, Alberta, northern New England to Santa Catalina Island, California, San Antonio, Texas and 2.5 miles scuthvvest of Archer, Florida (Map 3).
Hypsosinga ru bens ( Hentz )
Figures 72-88; Map 3
Epeira rubens Hentz, 1847, J. Boston Natur. Hist. Soc., vol. 5, p. 477, pi. 31, fig. 18, 9. Female holotype from Alabama in the Boston Natural History Society, destroyed.
Singa maculata Emerton, 1884, Trans. Connecticut Acad. Sci., vol. 6, p. 323, pi. 37, fig. 18, 9, 8. One female, one male syntypes from New Haven, Connecticut, in the Museum of Comparative Zoology ; examined.
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Map 3. Distribution of Hypsosiva rubens (Hentz) and HyjJsosirt~
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Keyserling, 1892, Spinnen Amerikas, vol. 4, p. 285, pi. 14, figs, 210, $. Not &nga maculata Thorell, 1875.
Singa nigripes Keyserling, 1884, Verhandtl. 2001. Bot. Ges. Wien, vol. 33, p. 655, pi. 21, fig. 7,
9. Female holotype from Indian River, Florida (Marx collection) in the United States National Museum; examined. 1893, Spinnen Amerikas, vol. 4, p. 290, pi. 15, fig. 214, $. McCook, 1893, American Spiders, vol. 3, p. 232, pi. 19, figs. 5, 6, 9, 8. NEW SYNONYMY.
Singa modesta Banks, 1896, Trans. Amer. Entomol. Soc., vol. 23, p. 70. Female lectotype here designated from Lake Worth, Florida in the Museum of Comparative Zoology; examined. NEW SYNONYMY. Singa truncata Banks, 1901, J. New York Entomol. Soc., vol. 9, p. 188. New name for Singa maculata Emerton, preoccupied. Kaston, 1948, Bull. Connecticut Geol. Natur. Hist. Surv., vol. 70, 241, figs. 746, 766. Sings hentzi Banks, 1907, Ann. Rep. Dept. Geol. Natur. Res. Indiana, p. 740, fig. 20, 9. Female lectotype from Cannelton, Indiana, in the Museum of Comparative Zoology ; examined. NEW SYNONYMY. Araneus hentzl, - Petrunkevitch, 1911, Bull. Amer. Mus. Natur. Hist., vol. 29, p. 296. Bonnet, 1955, Bibliographia Araneorum, vol. 2, p. 516. Araneus rub ens,^ Petrunkevitch, 1911, Bull. Amer. Mus. Natur. Hist., vol. 29, p. 313. Bonnet, 1955, Bibliographia Araneorum, vol. 2, p. 587. Araneus modestus, - Petrunkevitch, 1911, Bull. Amer. Mus. Natur. Hist., vol. 29, p. 304. Bonnet, 1955, Bibliographia Araneorum, vol. 2, p. 546. Araneus nigripes, - Petrunkevitch, 1911, Bull. Amer. Mus. Natur. Hist., vol. 29, p. 306. Bonnet, 1955, Bibliographia Araneorum, vol. 2, p. 549. Araneus tusus Petrunkevitch, 1911, Bull. Amer. Natur. Hist., vol. 29, p. 321. New name for Singa truncata Banks thought preoccupied by Epeira truncata. Keyserling, 1865 (= Edricus truncatus). Singa rubens,-Archer, 1940, Paper Alabama Mus. Natur. Hist., no. 14, p. 38, pi. 2, fig. 3, 9.
Singa tusa, - Chamberlin and Ivie, 1944, Bull. Univ. Utah (biol. ser.), vol. 35, p. 109.
A m u s truncatus,-Bonnet, 1955, Bibliographia Araneorum, vol. 2, p. 619. Note: Fig. 20 of Banks,
1907, was printed upside down. The
specimen described has banded legs. My Figures 74, 77, 78 and 80 were prepared from the holotype of Singa nigripes. Description. Female from South Dakota. Total length 3.2 mm. Carapace 1.4 mm long, 1.2 mm wide. First femur, I .o mm ; patella and tibia, 1.3 mm; metatarsus, 0.8 mm; tarsus, 0.5 mm. Second
patella and tibia, 1.2 mm; third, 0.8 mm; fourth, I .2 mm. Male from South Dakota. The first tibia is very slightly thicker proximally than distally. Total length 2.7 mm. Carapace 1.3 mm long, 1.2 mm wide. First femur, 1.2 mm; patella and tibia, 1.5 mm; metatarsus, 0.8 mm; tarsus, 0.5 mm. Second patella and tibia, 1.2 mm; third, 0.8 mm; fourth, 1.2 mm.
Variation. At first it seemed quite clear to me that there are at least two species, a large one with long ducts in the female (Fig. 78)
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Figs. 72-88. Hfpsosinga rubens (Hentz) . 72-83. Female. 72-80, Epi- gynum: 72. Ventral, cleared. 73. Ventral with scales. 74. Subventral. 75. Posterior, cleared. 76, 77. Ventral. 7B. Posterior, cleared. 79-80. Posterior. 73, 75, 76, 79. (South Dakota). 74, 77, 78, 80. (Florida). 81. Face. 82. Abdomen, lateral. 83. Dorsal, 84. Male, first patella and tibia, ventral. 85-88,Left palpus. 8.5. Mesal. 86. Ventral 87, 88. Embolus and terminal apophysis, extremes of variation.
She Indicators: 0.1 mm, except for Figs. 82, 83, 1 mm.
and longer embolus in the male (Fig. 87), and a smaller one (Figs. 75, 88). The specimens of the first collections studied were care- fully separated by these criteria. The smaller ones had the abdomen all light in the south, legs black, the abdomen black in the north. Larger individuals had the abdomen well patterned. A female from Mountain Lake, Virginia (H. I<. Wallace collection) had an epigynum with the duct longer on one side than the other, and threw doubt on my simple classification. As more specimens were deter- mined I found that I became more and more arbitrary in deciding what was large and had long ducts and long embolus. I decided that measurements of the carapace diameter on a large series of females should be taken. To my surprise I got a normal distribution and not two peaks as I had expected. The large size and color morpho- logical variation are found throughout the range of the specie's. It is not geographic variation. Many collections had smaller and larger individuals collected together; the larger ones tend to have longer ducts and emboli. The smaller males have relatively larger muscle scars on the abdomen. I assume that the larger ones go through more molts than smaller ones; variation in number of molts is com- mon in spiders. The variation resembles that found in certain theri- diid spiders, e.g. Thymoites unimaculatus (Emerton), but in Thymoites it is geographic variation. The type of Singa he& has banded legs, as do some other specimens from Indiana and Illinois.
The size variation of females is total length 2.4-5.1 mm; cara- pace width 0.9-1.6 mm; males total length 2.2-3.2 mm; carapace width 0.8-1.5 mm.
Diagnosis. The median piece of the epigynum is more or less triangular (Figs. 72, 76, 77) while that of 1H. singueformis is concave on each side. The embolus (Figs. 87, 88) is much longer than that of H. singaeformis and the terminal apophysis of a different shape.
Natural History. Most collections have been made by sweeping in pinewoods, woods, forest edge, shrubs, herbaceous vegetation, alfalfa, and clover fields, but specimens have been obtained from leaf litter and under bark, and between loose siding of a cottage. The males are mature from April to May, February in southern states, June in the North. There is one record of a male from Alabama in August. Females 'have been collected from March to July.
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Figs. 89-98. Hypsosinga groenlandica Simon. 89-95. Female. 39-92. Epigynum. 89. Dorsal, cleared. 90. Ventral. 91. Ventral with scales. 92. Posterior. 93. Face. 94. Venter of abdomen. 95. Dorsum. 96-98. Left palpus. 96. Mesal. 97. Ventral. 98. Embolus and terminal apophysis. Size Indicators: 0.1 mm, except Figs. 94, 95, 1 mm.
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Distribution. From Wrigley, Northwest Territories to Aldershot, Nova Scotia and Goose Island State Park, Arkansas County, Texas to Florida (Map 3).
Hypsosinga groenlandica Simon
Figures 89-98, Map 4
Hyfsosinga groenlandica Simon, 1889, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, vol. 14, p. 290.
Juvenile holotype from Fjord de Kokortok, Greenland in the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, examined. Singa (Hypsosinga) groenlandica Holm, 1960, Ark. Zool., ser. 2, vol. 12, p. 512, figs. 2, 9. Holm, 1967, Medd. Gronland, vol. 184, p. 69, figs. 86, 87, 9.
Description. Female from Northwest Territories. Total length 3.2 mm.
Carapace 1.5 mm long, 1.3 mm wide. First femur, 1.2 mm; patella and tibia, I .4 mm; metatarsus, 0.9 mm; tarsus, 0.5 mm. Second patella and tibia, 1.3 mm; third, 0.9 mm; fourth, 1.2 mm.
Males. The dorsum of the abdomen is brown, lightly sclerotized. The muscle scars are sclerotized. The carapace is smooth with a thoracic longitudinal line. The first tibia is swollen and slightly bent, with strong macrosetae. Total length 3.5 mm. Carapace 1.6 mm long, 1.4 mm wide. First femur, 1.3 mm ; patella and tibia, 1.7 mm; metatarsus, 1.0 mm ; tarsus, 0.6 mm. Second patella and tibia, 1.6 mm; third, 1.0 mm; fourth, 1.4 mm. Diagnosis. The shape of the median epigynal septum (Fig. 90) is diagnostic. The sides of the narrow septum are concave and the posterior transverse part is not as wide as that of I-/. singaeforrnis. The male can be separated from other species by the toothed edge of the tegulum (Fig. 97). All males were collected in pitfall traps and have their palpi expanded, probably as a result of ethylene glycol. They have been illustrated as if contracted. Records. Northwest Territories: Salmita Mines, 64'05'N : I I I O I 5'W, 9 (Chilcott) ; 20 mi. E of Tuktoyaktuk, ? d July 1971 (W. R. M. Mason), Lac Maunoire, 10-18 July 1969, 2 d (G. E. Shewell), "Pan trap." The other records mapped are those published by Holm (Map 4).
H~psosinga alberta sp. n.
Figures 99-106; Map 4
Female from Cypress Hills, Alberta, 400 feet ( I 30 m) altitude, 30 .Tune 1969 (B. M. Rolseth) in the 'Canadian National Collection, Ottawa. The name is a noun in apposition.
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Figs. 99-106. Hypsosinga alberta sp. n., female. Figs. 99-103. Epigynum. 99. Subventral, with one scale. 100. Ventral with scales. 101. Dorsal, cleared. 102. Ventral. 103. Posterior. 104. Left scale, dorsal view. 105. Face. 106. Dorsal.
Size Indicators: 0.1 mm, except Fig. 106, 1 mm. Description.
Female. Carapace yellow, slightly reddish on sides. Sternum brown. Legs yellow. Dorsum of abdomen marked as in other Hypsosinga (Fig. 106), often entirely black. Venter black with one light band on each side. Posterior median eyes 1.2 diameters of anteriors, laterals 0.8 diameter of anterior medians. Anterior median eyes one and one-half diameters apart, two diameters from laterals. The posterior row is slightly recurved as seen from above. The clypeus is one and one-half to two diameters of the anterior median eyes.
Total length 5.0 mm. Carapace 1.7 mm long, I .6 mrn wide. First femur, 1.5 mm; patella and tibia, 1.8 mm; metatarsus, I .I mm ; tarsus, 0.7 mm. Second patella and tibia, 1.6 mm ; third, T .I mm ; fourth, 1.6 mm.
Diagnosis. The female Hypsosinga alberta can be distinguished from other species by its lack of a raised median sclerotized septum (Fig. 102) and, if mated, by the heavily sclerotized scales covering the epigynum (Fig. 100).
Distribution of Hypsosinga groenlandica Simon and Hy$sosinga alberta sp. n.
Variation. The abdomen of many specimens is black, the carapace and legs brown. Females varied from 4.5-5.0 mm in total length, carapace width from I -4-1.6 mnl.
Records. Paratypes have been collected from Alberta, Waterton Lakes National Park, 10 mi. E of Red Rock Canyon, 4200 m, 18 July 1968, 2$ (D. G. Wales). British Columbia. Summit Lake, mile 392, Alaska Highway, 9, 31 July 1959 (R. E. Leech).
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