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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Solifugae
Family: Eremobatidae
Subfamily: Therobatinae
Genus: Chanbria
Muma, 1951[1]
Type species
Chanbria regalis
Muma, 1951

Chanbria is a genus of camel spiders. It consists of four species found in the Sonoran Desert in Mexico and the southwestern United States.[2][3]


The American arachnologist Martin Hammond Muma [es] created this genus in 1951. He wrote the generic name, Chanbria, was an "arbitrary combination of letters based on an anagram of the name Branch", referring to Jefferson H. Branch; Branch had collected the holotype for the type species.[1] Muma did not explicitly designate a gender, but Australian arachnologist Mark S. Harvey notes that Muma used masculine endings for species in this genus.[2]

Muma's 1951 circumscription included two newly-described species, the type species C. regalis and C. serpentinus.[1] In 1962 he described two additional species in this genus: C. rectus and C. tehachapianus.[4]

In 1970, Muma grouped the four Chanbria species into two species groups: the regalis-group (C. rectus, C. regalis, and C. tehachapianus), and the serpentinus-group (C. serpentinus).[5] Subsequent arachnologists have not made use of these species groups in their taxonomy.[2][3]

A nomen nudum, C. coachella, was listed by American entomologists Gary Allan Polis and Sharon J. McCormick in 1986 as prey of the scorpion Paruroctonus mesaensis, but this species was not formally described.[6][2]

When Muma created the genus Chanbria, he placed it in the subfamily Therobatinae, which he also circumscribed in the same 1951 paper.[1]:85 In an unpublished manuscript he wrote shortly before he died, Muma proposed a new subfamily, Hemerotrechinae, characterized by two tarsal claws on leg I and males which lack a mesal groove on their fixed cheliceral finger. Muma placed Chanbria and most Hemerotrecha species in this subfamily.[7]:281 Subsequent arachnologists have placed Chanbria in Therobatinae,[2][3] although American arachnologist Paula E. Cushing and colleagues have argued Therobatinae is in need of taxonomic revision as the subfamily is polyphyletic.[7]

An analysis by American arachnologist Paula E. Cushing and colleagues suggests the most recent common ancestor for Chanbria was in the Late Miocene. Their BEAST analysis suggested the genus was monophyletic, although their Bayesian Inference and Maximum Likelihood analyses suggested Chanbria was paraphyletic.[7]:290

Description and biology

Adult Chanbria are 20–30 millimetres (0.8–1.2 in) long. They are slender and have long legs.[8]

Chanbria have fan-shaped sense organs known as malleoli. Adults have five on the ventral side of each hind leg: two on its coxa, two on its proximal trochanter, and one on its distal trochanter. Dendrites of 72,000 sensory neurons are on each malleolus.[9]

Cushing and colleagues have suggested that juvenile Chanbria locate prey beneath the sand by using a combination of tactile and chemical cues; they use their pedipalps to feel for prey and use their malleoli as chemoreceptors to sniff them out.[10] Juveniles use their second pair of legs, as well as possibly their first pair of legs or their chelicerae to dig a shallow hole in the sand to look for prey, such as hemipteran nymphs or aphids.[10] Juveniles also exhibit avoidance behavior, running away when they encounter similarly-sized arthropods.[10]


There are four recognized species in this genus.[2][3]

The holotype of C. rectus Muma, 1962 was collected in Barstow, California; it is found in the Sonoran Desert in southern California.[3][4]

The type locality for C. regalis Muma, 1951 is Twentynine Palms, California.[1] It is also found in southern California in the Sonoran Desert,[3] as well as in Arizona.[2] The specific name, regalis means "regal".[1]

C. serpentinus Muma, 1951 is found in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.[3] Its type locality is Tucson, Arizona.[1] The specific name, serpentinus, "serpentine", refers to the shape of its fixed finger.[1]

C. tehachapianus Muma, 1962 is found in Mexico and California.[2] Its type locality is the Tehachapi Mountains in Kern County, California; another specimen was collected in Sonora, Mexico 20 miles (32 km) southeast of San Luis Río Colorado.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Muma, Martin H. (1951). "The Arachnid Order Solpugida in the United States". Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History. 97 (2): 96–98. hdl:2246/1208.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Harvey, Mark S. (2003). Catalogue of the Smaller Arachnid Orders of the World: Amblypygi, Uropygi, Schizomida, Palpigradi, Ricinulei and Solifugae. Collingwood, Victoria: Csiro Publishing. p. 249. ISBN 978-0-643-09874-9.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Brookhart, Jack O.; Brookhart, Irene P. (2006). "An Annotated Checklist of Continental North American Solifugae with Type Depositories, Abundance, and Notes on Their Zoogeography". The Journal of Arachnology. 34 (2): 315. doi:10.1636/H04-02.1. JSTOR 4129791. BHL page 53126889.
  4. ^ a b c Muma, Martin H. (1962). "The Arachnid Order Solpugida in the United States. Supplement 1". American Museum Novitates. 2092: 27–30. hdl:2246/3400.
  5. ^ Muma, Martin H. (1970). A Synoptic Review of North American, Central American, and West Indian Solpugida (Arthropoda: Arachnida). Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas. 5. pp. 36–37.
  6. ^ Polis, Gary A.; McCormick, Sharon J. (December 1986). "Scorpions, spiders and solpugids: predation and competition among distantly related taxa". Oecologia. 71 (1): 112. doi:10.1007/BF00377328.
  7. ^ a b c Cushing, Paula E.; Graham, Matthew R.; Prendini, Lorenzo; Brookhart, Jack O. (2015). "A multilocus molecular phylogeny of the endemic North American camel spider family Eremobatidae (Arachnida: Solifugae)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 92: 280–293. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2015.07.001.
  8. ^ Muma, Martin H.; Muma, Katharine E. (1988). The Arachnid Order Solpugida in the United States (Supplement 2, a Biological Review). Silver City, NM: Southwest Offset. pp. 24–26.
  9. ^ Brownell, Philip H.; Farley, Roger D. (1974). "The organization of the malleolar sensory system in the solpugid, Chanbria sp". Tissue and Cell. 6 (3): 471–485. doi:10.1016/0040-8166(74)90039-1. Errata: doi:10.1016/S0040-8166(75)80002-4.
  10. ^ a b c Conrad, Kyle R.; Cushing, Paula E. (2011). "Observations on hunting behavior of juvenile Chanbria (Solifugae: Eremobatidae)" (PDF). The Journal of Arachnology. 39 (1): 183–184. doi:10.1636/Hi10-48.1. JSTOR 23048800. BHL page 53125121.
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