Typhlopsychrosoma baeticaense Mauries 2013
Typhlopsychrosoma baeticaense ( Mauriès, 2013 )
Psichrosoma baeticaenseMauriès, 2013 : 105
Distribution: Spain , Baetic district, Córdoba, Carcabuey, Cueva de las Golondrinas; Zuheros, Cueva de los Murcielagos; Jaén: Siles, Cueva del Nacimiento de San Blas; Alicante, mesovoid shallow substratum, Barranc dels Esquilaors, Peña Cacha, Aitana Mountains, Confrides ( Mauriès 2013 ; Gilgado et al. 2015b ).
Material studied: 1 female, 1 juvenile, SSD 1, 29 November 2013; 1 female, 2 juveniles, SSD 1, 16 May 2013. MSS, Barranc dels Esquilaors, Peña Cacha, Aitana Mountains, Confrides, Alicante province (Spain). Gilgado, Ortuño et al. leg. Collection of the Department of Life Sciences – V. M. Ortuño (DZAF-UA / VMO) of the University of Alcalá (Spain). 1 female, SSD 1, 24 April 2012; 2 males, 1 female, SSD 1, 27 July 2012, MSS, Barranc dels Esquilaors, Peña Cacha, Aitana Mountains, Confrides, Alicante province (Spain). Gilgado, Ortuño et al. leg. Collection of the Natural History Museum of Denmark (ZMUC). 1 male, SSD 4, 26 July 2013, MSS, Bernia Mountains, Xaló, Alicante province (Spain) Gilgado, Ortuño et al. leg. Collection of the Natural History Museum of Denmark (ZMUC). The very detailed description by Mauriès (2013) is of the highest quality. Concerning external morphology it is worth noticing that the specimen from Bernia differs from those from Confrides in having pigmented eyes while it agrees with the Confrides specimens in all other characters except for some minor differences (see discussion) which we regard insignificant. The SEM pictures presented here (Figs. 2, 3) complete Mauriès’ description and reveal some hitherto undescribed morphological details such as the shallow, inconspicuous evaginations of the cuticle at the place of the eyes (Fig. 2 C – E) that are almost impossible to appreciate with optical microscopy, due to the absence of pigment. Also, there is a cobblestone paving-like microsculpture below the insertion of the antennae (Fig. 2 C – E), similar to that found by Reboleira & Enghoff (2014) in Sireuma nobile Reboleira & Enghoff, 2014. FIGURE 4. Gonopods of all Typhlopsychrosoma species in lateral view: A) T. baeticaense from type locality; adapted from Mauriès (2013). B) T. baeticaense from Aitana Mountains. C) T. breuili; adapted from Mauriès (1971). D) T. tarraconense; adapted from Mauriès (1971). E) T. fadriquei from the type locality; adapted from Mauriès & Vicente (1978). F) T. fadriquei from Hoya La Madre cave (possibly an anomalous specimen according to Mauriés (1982); adapted from Mauriès (1982). The new records allow us to elaborate an updated distribution map of the genus (Fig. 1 A) and a key to species, illustrated with comparative images of the gonopods (Fig. 4).