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A CAS specimen of Rhipiphorus vierecki - Ripiphorus - female

A CAS specimen of Rhipiphorus vierecki - Ripiphorus - Female
Globe, Gila County, Arizona, USA
May 20, 1933
The series of three images in this post show a single female specimen from the California Academy of Sciences labelled as Rhipiphorus vierecki. I'm uploading them as an addendum to my post here.

Note that the red arrows point to two relatively large, downward-pointing, conical projections at the inner bases of the forelegs. (They are somewhat dark and difficult to make out.) I'm interpreting these as the "densely hairy elongate projections on the inner side of the front coxae at apex" mentioned in reference to R. rex as a "significant character of the species" on pg. 17 of Vaurie(1). These may be difficult to see in the 560 x 407 pixel image above, but will be more discernible in the full-size 2916 x 2121 pixel image here.

The green arrow points to what looks to me like a small suture-separated leg part at the base of the femur, which I'm speculating may be the (smallish) trochanter here. And, again, the two much larger dark-brown triangular-to-conical objects (between the green arrow and the bottom of the head) I'm taking as the elongated coxae. This is my best attempt at interpreting the anatomical homologies here. I'd very much appreciate correction or confirmation here, from those who may know for sure!

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Moved from Ripiphorus vierecki.

This CAS specimen was labeled (long ago) as R. vierecki. But it has ambiguous characters (serrate midtibiae, and hairy coxa...which lead to R. rex following Vaurie(1) and Evans & Hogue(2)). So I guess I'll park it here until there's some resolution of the R. vierecki vs. R. rex issue.

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