Figure 15: Nebo hierichontichus
Diagnosis: Dark-brown in colour. Pedipalps thick and
long. Prosoma smooth with granules on the lateral side. Mesosoma entirely
smooth. Metasoma: tail segments long and narrow, subaculear tubercle present on
the telson. Pectines 14-22 in males and 11-17 in females.
Measurements: Adult may reach 14 cm. (average 7.3cm.),
prosoma 7.1-12.9mm., mesosoma 17.4-35.2mm., metasoma 20.2-47.4mm.
Habitat and distribution: This species is endemic to
Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Arabia (Vachon and Kinzelbach, 1987).
Wahbeh (1976) collected this species from Madaba and Karak. Levy & Amitai
(1980) reported other localities in Amman and Petra. Kinzelbach (1984)
collected specimens from Petra. Other records in our collection are from
several localities in Wadi Araba, Jordan Valley and near Jarash (Amr and
El-Oran, 1994). Also collected from W Karak, Al Mazar Al Janobi and Wadi Rum
(Stathi and Mylonas, 2001) and from Wadi Rum (Kovařík and Whitman, 2004). Nebo hierichontichus has a scattered distribution.
The localities indicated represent a wide range of biotops. It constructs its
own burrows and could be found under rocks and between crevices.