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Malagiella nikina       Get publication



            Female (PBI_OON 3386). Total length 1.52. CEPHALOTHORAX: Carapace orange-brown, without any pattern, broadly oval in dorsal view, pars cephalica slightly elevated in lateral view, anteriorly narrowed to 0.49 times its maximum width or less, with rounded posterolateral corners, posterolateral edge without pits, posterior margin not bulging below posterior rim, posterolateral surface without spikes, surface of elevated portion of pars cephalica finely reticulate, sides finely reticulate, thorax without depressions, fovea absent, without radiating rows of pits; lateral margin undulate, rebordered, without denticles; plumose setae near posterior margin of pars thoracica absent; non-marginal pars cephalica setae dark, needle-like, present in u-shaped row; non-marginal pars thoracica setae absent; marginal setae absent. Clypeus margin unmodified, curved downwards in front view, vertical in lateral view, high, ALE separated from edge of carapace by their radius or more, median projection absent; setae present, dark, needle-like. Eyes six, well developed, ALE largest, ALE oval, PME squared, PLE oval; posterior eye row procurved from both above and front; ALE touching, ALE-PLE touching, PME touching throughout most of their length, PLE-PME touching. Sternum longer than wide, pale orange, uniform, not fused to carapace, median concavity absent, with radial furrows between coxae I-II, II-III, III-IV, furrow smooth, radial furrow opposite coxae III absent, surface smooth, without pits, sickle-shaped structures absent, anterior margin unmodified, posterior margin not extending posteriorly of coxae IV, lateral margin with infra-coxal grooves and anterior and posterior openings, distance between coxae approximately equal, extensions of pre-coxal triangles present, lateral margins unmodified, without posterior hump; setae abundant, dark, needle-like, evenly scattered, originating from surface. Mouthparts: Chelicerae, endites and labium pale orange. Chelicerae straight, anterior face unmodified; fangs directed medially, shape normal, without prominent basal process, tip unmodified; setae dark, needle-like, densest medially; paturon distal region unmodified, laminate groove absent. Labium triangular, not fused to sternum, anterior margin indented at middle; with 1 or 2 setae on anterior margin, subdistal portion with unmodified setae. Endites distally not excavated, serrula present in single row, anteromedian tip unmodified, posteromedian part unmodified. Female palp claws absent; spines absent; tarsus unmodified, patella without prolateral row of ridges. ABDOMEN: ovoid, without long posterior extension, rounded posteriorly, inter-scutal membrane rows of small sclerotized platelets absent posteriorly; dorsum soft portions white, without color pattern. Book lung covers large, ovoid, without setae, anterolateral edge unmodified. Posterior spiracles connected by groove. Pedicel tube short, unmodified, scuto-pedicel region unmodified, scutum not extending far dorsal of pedicel, plumose hairs absent, matted setae on anterior ventral abdomen in pedicel area absent, cuticular outgrowths near pedicel absent. Dorsal scutum strongly sclerotized, yellow-brown, without color pattern, covering 1/2 to 3/4 of abdomen, between 1/4 and 1/2 abdomen width, not fused to epigastric scutum, middle surface smooth, anterior half without projecting denticles. Epigastric scutum strongly sclerotized, surrounding pedicel, slightly protuding, small lateral sclerites present, without lateral joints. Postepigastric scutum weakly sclerotized, pale orange, widely hexagonal, only around epigastric furrow, not fused to epigastric scutum, anterior margin unmodified, with short posteriorly directed lateral apodemes. Spinneret scutum absent. Dorsum setae present, dark, needle-like. Epigastric area setae uniform, dark, needle-like. Postepigastric area setae present, dark, needle-like. Spinneret scutum with fringe of long setae. Dense patch of setae anterior to spinnerets present. Interscutal membrane with setae. Abdomen setae setal patch weakly represented. Colulus represented only by setae. LEGS: pale orange, without color pattern; femur IV not thickened, same size as femora I-III, patella plus tibia I longer than carapace, tibia I unmodified, tibia IV specialized hairs on ventral apex absent, tibia IV ventral scopula absent, metatarsi I and II meso-apical comb absent, metatarsi III and IV weak ventral scopula absent. Leg spination (only surfaces bearing spines listed, all spines longer than segment width): femora: I p0-1-0; tibiae: I, II v4-4-0; IV v0-0-2; metatarsi: I, II v2-2-0. Tarsi I to IV superior claws tooth not examined in detail. Tarsi I to IV without inferior claw. Trichobothria not examined. GENITALIA: Ventral view: postepigastric scutum weakly sclerotized. Copulatory duct only slightly sinuous..
Malagiella nikina, female abdomen, anterior view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female abdomen, dorsal view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female abdomen, lateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female abdomen, posterior view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female abdomen, ventral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female carapace, dorsal view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female carapace, lateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female leg I, prolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female leg I, retrolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female leg IV, prolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female leg IV, retrolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female palp, prolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female palp, retrolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female prosoma (sternum+peripheral area), anterior view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female prosoma (sternum+peripheral area), dorsal view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female prosoma (sternum+peripheral area), posterior view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female prosoma (sternum+peripheral area), ventral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female habitus, dorsal view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03384)

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Malagiella nikina, female habitus, lateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03384)

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Malagiella nikina, female habitus, ventral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03384)

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Malagiella nikina, female epigynum, epigynal area, lateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female gonopore (male genital area), ventral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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Malagiella nikina, female epigynum, epigynal area, ventral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03383)

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Malagiella nikina, female epigynum, epigynal area, ventral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03384)

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Malagiella nikina, female epigynum, epigynal area, ventral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03385)

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Malagiella nikina, female epigynum, epigynal area, ventral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03386)

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DISTRIBUTION

MADAGASCAR
Malagiella nikina coordinates
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MATERIAL EXAMINED
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PBI USI Country State Division Locality Sex Type Status Elevation(m) GPS Coordinate Habitat Collection_Date Collector Inst. Code
PBI_OON 00003385  MADAGASCAR  Fianarantsoa    Massif Andringitra, 43 km S Ambalavo  1 Adult Female  Paratype  825  -22.23330; 47.00000  rainforest  04 Oct 1993  B.L. Fisher  CAS 
PBI_OON 00003386  MADAGASCAR  Fianarantsoa    Massif Andringitra, 43 km S Ambalavo  1 Adult Female  Paratype  825  -22.23330; 47.00000  rainforest  04 Oct 1993  B.L. Fisher  CAS 
PBI_OON 00003384  MADAGASCAR  Fianarantsoa    Massif Andringitra, 43 km S Ambalavo  1 Adult Female  Holotype  825  -22.23330; 47.00000  rainforest  04 Oct 1993  B.L. Fisher  CAS 
PBI_OON 00003383  MADAGASCAR  Fianarantsoa    8.0 km NE Ivohibe  1 Adult Female  Paratype  1200  -22.42100; 46.89600  forest  03 Nov 1997  B.L. Fisher  CAS 


 
 
 
 
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