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Opopaea antsiranana       Get publication



            Male (PBI_OON 3657). CEPHALOTHORAX: Carapace pale orange, without any pattern, ovoid in dorsal view, pars cephalica with two posterior humps in lateral view, anteriorly narrowed to 0.49 times its maximum width or less, with angular posterolateral corners, posterolateral edge without pits, posterior margin not bulging below posterior rim, anterolateral corners without extension or projections, posterolateral surface without spikes, surface of elevated portion of pars cephalica smooth, sides striated, thorax without depressions, fovea absent, carapace anteriorly narrowed to about one third times its maximum width., carapace pars cephalica elevated posteriorly with one row of 2 separate sets of four denticules,, without radiating rows of pits; lateral margin straight, 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; marginal setae present. Clypeus margin unmodified, straight in front view, vertical in lateral view, low, ALE separated from edge of carapace by less than their radius, median projection absent; setae absent. Chilum absent. Eyes six, well developed, eyes very large, ALE largest, ALE oval, PME circular, PLE circular; posterior eye row straight from above, procurved from front; ALE separated by less than their radius, ALE-PLE separated by less than ALE radius, PME touching throughout most of their length, PLE-PME separated by less than PME radius. Sternum longer than wide, pale orange, uniform, fused to carapace, median concavity absent, with radial furrows between coxae I-II, II-III, III-IV, furrow smooth, radial furrow opposite coxae III present, surface smooth, without pits, microsculpture absent, sickle-shaped structures absent, anterior margin unmodified, posterior margin not extending posteriorly of coxae IV, anterior corner unmodified, lateral margin without infra-coxal grooves, distance between coxae approximately equal, extensions of pre-coxal triangles absent, lateral margins unmodified, without posterior hump, area between coxa four hexagonal, not constricted; setae sparse, dark, needle-like, densest laterally, originating from surface, without hair tufts. Mouthparts: Chelicerae, endites and labium pale orange. Chelicerae straight, anterior face unmodified; fangs without tooth-like projections, directed posteriorly, shape normal, without prominent basal process, tip unmodified; setae light, needle-like, densest medially; paturon inner margin with pairs of enlarged setae, distal region unmodified, posterior surface unmodified, promargin unmodified, inner margin unmodified, laminate groove absent. Labium elongated hexagon, not fused to sternum, anterior margin not indented at middle, same as sternum in sclerotization; without setae. Endites distally not excavated, same as sternum in sclerotization. ABDOMEN: globular, without long posterior extension, rounded posteriorly, inter-scutal membrane rows of small sclerotized platelets absent posteriorly, abdomen more or less round, and more or less flattened posteriorly, opercula small and not darkened.; dorsum soft portions pale orange, without color pattern. Book lung covers small, elliptical, without setae, anterolateral edge unmodified. Posterior spiracles connected by groove. Pedicel tube short, with small, dorsolateral, triangular extensions, scuto-pedicel region with paired curved scutal ridges, 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, pale orange, without color pattern, covering full length of abdomen, no soft tissue visible from above, not fused to epigastric scutum, middle surface punctate, sides punctate, anterior half without projecting denticles. Epigastric scutum strongly sclerotized, surrounding pedicel, not protruding, small lateral sclerites absent. Postepigastric scutum strongly sclerotized, pale orange, almost semicircular, fused to epigastric scutum, anterior margin unmodified, with short posteriorly directed lateral apodemes, abdomen, postepigastric scutum, apodemes extending past line joining tracheal spiracles. Spinneret scutum present, complete ring. 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 without setae. Colulus represented only by setae. LEGS: white, without color pattern; femur IV not thickened, same size as femora I-III, patella plus tibia I shorter 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. Leg spination (only surfaces bearing spines listed, all spines longer than segment width). GENITALIA: Epigastric region with sperm pore small, circular, situated in front of anterior spiracles, rebordered; furrow without omega-shaped insertions, without setae. Palp normal size, strongly sclerotized, right and left palps symmetrical, proximal segments pale orange; trochanter normal size, unmodified; femur normal size, one to two times as long as trochanter, without posteriorly rounded lateral dilation, attaching to patella medially; patella longer than femur, slightly larger than femur, without prolateral row of ridges, setae unmodified; cymbium pale orange; bulb pale orange.
Opopaea antsiranana, male abdomen, lateral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---03681)

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Opopaea antsiranana, male habitus, dorsal view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---03681)

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Opopaea antsiranana, male habitus, lateral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---03681)

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Opopaea antsiranana, male habitus, ventral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---03681)

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Opopaea antsiranana, male palp, prolateral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---03681)

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Opopaea antsiranana, male palp, retrolateral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---03681)

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Opopaea antsiranana, male abdomen, ventral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---03681)

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DISTRIBUTION

MADAGASCAR
Opopaea antsiranana 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 00003687  MADAGASCAR  Antsiranana  Montagne des Franšais  MADAGASCAR: Antsiranana province: Montagne des Franšais, 7.2 km , 142║ SE Antsiranana (=Diego Suarez)  2 Mixed  Holotype  180  -12.32278; 49.33806  tropical dry forest  22 Feb 2001  Fisher, Griswold et.al.  CAS 
PBI_OON 00003657  MADAGASCAR  Antsiranana  Montagne des Franšais  MADAGASCAR: Antsiranana province: Montagne des Franšais, 7.2 km , 142║ SE Antsiranana (=Diego Suarez)  30 Mixed  Holotype  180  -12.32278; 49.33806  tropical dry forest  22 Feb 2001  Fisher, Griswold et.al.  CAS 


 
 
 
 
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