Kankuamo marquezi Perafán, Galvis & Gutiérrez

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Taxonomy and History

Scientific Name : Kankuamo marquezi
  • Described By: Perafán, Galvis & Gutiérrez
  • Researcher Profile: Carlos Perafán, William Galvis, Miguel Gutiérrez
  • Genus: Kankuamo
  • Etymology: The specific epithet is a noun in genitive in honor to Gabriel García Márquez (Aracataca, Colombia, 1927 - Mexico D.F., Mexico, 2014), who was a renowned Colombian writer
  • Original Type Locality: Colombia, Magdalena, Santa Marta, Corregimiento Minca, Sector San Lorenzo, 2200m above sea level

Specimen Records

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Kankuamo marquezi
Holotype : (ICN-Ar 7983), Colombia
Paratype : (ICN-Ar 7984), Colombia
(ICN-Ar 7985), Colombia

Adult Male Activity

  • Kankuamo, a new theraphosid genus from Colombia (Araneae, Mygalomorphae), with a new type of urticating setae and divergent male genitalia

    Carlos Perafán, William Galvis, Miguel Gutiérrez, Fernando Pérez-Miles ,2016

    A new monotypic Theraphosidae genus, Kankuamo Perafán, Galvis & Pérez-Miles, gen. n., is described from Colombia, with a new type of urticating setae. These setae differ from others principally by having a small distal oval patch of lanceolate reversed barbs. Males of Kankuamo gen. n. additionally differ by having a palpal bulb organ very divergent from all known species, with many conspicuous keels dispersed across the median tegulum to the tip, mostly with serrated edges. Females differ by having spermathecae with a single notched receptacle, with two granulated lobes and several irregular sclerotized longitudinal striations. The new urticating setae, type VII, is characterized, illustrated and its releasing mechanism is discussed. It is hypothesized that these setae are the first in Theraphosinae subfamily whose release mechanism is by direct contact. Kankuamo gen. n. is described and illustrated on the basis of the type species Kankuamo marquezi Perafán, Galvis & Gutiérrez, sp. n., and their remarkable characteristics, morphological affinities and cladistic relationship are analyzed.

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Habitat and Type Locality

Kankuamo marquezi