Welcome Locality Data Entry        | Links | About Oonopidae | Outreach | Sign In 
Home | Project Description | Investigators | Species Pages |
Home >> Species Pages >>
OONOPIDAE SPECIES DESCRIPTION
(1) List all species     
OR       (2) Search by: Select the genus
Select the species
(Female redundant descriptions removed)
Opopaea platnicki       Get publication



            Male (PBI_OON 215). Total length 1.47. CEPHALOTHORAX: Carapace orange-brown, without any pattern, broadly oval in dorsal view, pars cephalica strongly elevated in lateral view, anteriorly narrowed to 0.49 times its maximum width or less, with angular posterolateral corners, posterolateral edge with pair of 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, only half of the sides striated, without radiating rows of pits, with a pair of rounded humps; lateral margin straight, rebordered, with blunt denticles; plumose setae near posterior margin of pars thoracica absent; non-marginal pars cephalica setae light, needle-like, present in u-shaped row; non-marginal pars thoracica setae light, needle-like, with horizontal row of 6 setae; marginal setae light, needle-like. Clypeus margin slightly rebordered, straight in front view, sloping forward in lateral view, high, ALE separated from edge of carapace by their radius or more, median projection absent; setae present, light, needle-like. Chilum absent. Eyes six, well developed, aLE:0.092; PME:0.073; PLE:0.063, ALE largest, ALE circular, PME squared, PLE circular; posterior eye row recurved from above, straight from front; ALE separated by less than their radius, ALE-PLE touching, PME touching throughout most of their length, PLE-PME touching. Sternum longer than wide, orange-brown, uniform, fused to carapace, median concavity absent, with radial furrows between coxae I-II, II-III, III-IV, furrow with rows of small pits, radial furrow opposite coxae III absent, surface smooth, without pits, microsculpture only in furrows, sickle-shaped structures absent, anterior margin unmodified, posterior margin not extending posteriorly of coxae IV, anterior corner unmodified, lateral margin with infra-coxal grooves and anterior and posterior openings, distance between coxae approximately equal, extensions of pre-coxal triangles absent, lateral margins unmodified, without posterior hump; setae sparse, light, needle-like, evenly scattered, originating from small pits, without hair tufts. Mouthparts: Chelicerae, endites and labium orange-brown. Chelicerae straight, anterior face unmodified; without teeth on both promargin and retromargin; fangs without tooth-like projections, directed medially, shape normal, without prominent basal process, tip unmodified; setae light, needle-like, densest medially; paturon distal region unmodified, posterior surface unmodified, promargin unmodified, inner margin unmodified, laminate groove absent. Labium triangular, fused to sternum, anterior margin indented at middle, same as sternum in sclerotization; with 1 or 2 setae on anterior margin, subdistal portion with unmodified setae. Endites distally not excavated, serrula present in single row, anteromedian tip with one strong, tooth-like projection, posteromedian part unmodified, same as sternum in sclerotization, endites about twice as long as wide. 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, with small, dorsolateral, triangular extensions, scuto-pedicel region with paired curved scutal ridges, scutum not extending far dorsal of pedicel, with additional widely oval ridge. Dorsal scutum strongly sclerotized, orange-brown, 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, orange-brown, long, semicircular, covering nearly full length of abdominal length, fused to epigastric scutum, anterior margin unmodified, with long posteriorly directed lateral apodemes. Spinneret scutum present, incomplete ring. Dorsum setae present, light, needle-like. Epigastric area setae uniform, light, needle-like. Postepigastric area setae present, light, needle-like. Spinneret scutum with fringe of stout setae. Dense patch of setae anterior to spinnerets absent. Interscutal membrane with setae. 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 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, metatarsi III and IV weak ventral scopula absent. Leg spines absent. Tarsi I to IV superior claws tooth not examined in detail. Tarsi I to IV without inferior claw. Trichobothria not examined. GENITALIA: Epigastric region with sperm pore small, oval, situated at level of anterior spiracles, rebordered; furrow without omega-shaped insertions, without setae. Palp normal size, not strongly sclerotized, right and left palps symmetrical, proximal segments pale orange; embolus light, prolateral excavation absent; trochanter normal size, with ventral projection; femur normal size, two or more times as long as trochanter, without posteriorly rounded lateral dilation, attaching to patella medially; patella longer than femur, much larger than femur, without prolateral row of ridges, setae unmodified, patella darkened, 0.259 mm long, 0.151 mm wide, connection to femur 0.117 mm.; tibia trichobothria not examined; cymbium pale orange, narrow in dorsal view, completely fused with bulb, no seam visible, not extending beyond distal tip of bulb, plumose setae absent, without stout setae, with distal patch of setae, with rounded prolateral spur at base; bulb pale orange, 1 to 1.5 times as long as cymbium, slender, elongated, distal part bulb ventrally slightly bulged with short medially bent tip..
Opopaea platnicki, male carapace, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---00215)

opopaplatnmpcara00215BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male carapace, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---00215)

opopaplatnmpcard00215BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male carapace, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---00215)

opopaplatnmpcarl00215BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male habitus, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---00215)

opopaplatnmphabd00215BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male habitus, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---00215)

opopaplatnmphabl00215BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male palp, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---00215)

opopaplatnmppald00215BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male palp, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---00215)

opopaplatnmppalp00215BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male palp, retrolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---00215)

opopaplatnmppalr00215BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male habitus, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---00215)

opopaplatnmphabv00215BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male sternum, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---00215)

opopaplatnmpstev00215BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male abdomen, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

OPOPAPLATNmsabdv23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male bulb, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

OPOPAPLATNmsbulp23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male carapace, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

OPOPAPLATNmscarl23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male embolus, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

OPOPAPLATNmsembd23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male fang, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

OPOPAPLATNmsfanv23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male labium, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

OPOPAPLATNmslabv23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male palp, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

OPOPAPLATNmspald23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male palp, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

OPOPAPLATNmspalp23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male sperm pore, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

OPOPAPLATNmsspov23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male sternum, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

OPOPAPLATNmsstev23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, male tarsal organ, palp, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

OPOPAPLATNmstopd23443BB.tif


            Female (PBI_OON 23443). Total length 1.68. As in male except as noted. CEPHALOTHORAX: Carapace only half of the sides striated, with a pair of rounded humps; non-marginal pars thoracica setae with horizontal row of 6 setae. Eyes aLE:0.081; PME:0.069; PLE:0.058. Endites endites about twice as long as wide. Female palp claws absent; spines absent; tarsus unmodified, patella without prolateral row of ridges. ABDOMEN: Pedicel with additional widely oval ridge. Postepigastric scutum not fused to epigastric scutum. LEGS: Leg spines absent. Tarsi I to IV superior claws tooth not examined in detail. Trichobothria not examined.
Opopaea platnicki, female abdomen, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

opopaplatnfpabda23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, female abdomen, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

opopaplatnfpabdv23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, female carapace, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

opopaplatnfpcara23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, female carapace, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

opopaplatnfpcard23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, female carapace, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

opopaplatnfpcarl23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, female epigynum, epigynal area, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

opopaplatnfpepiv23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, female habitus, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

opopaplatnfphabd23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, female habitus, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

opopaplatnfphabl23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, female habitus, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

opopaplatnfphabv23443BB.tif

Opopaea platnicki, female sternum, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23443)

opopaplatnfpstev23443BB.tif

 

DISTRIBUTION

NEW CALEDONIA
Opopaea platnicki coordinates
Click the following link for a map from Discover Life which displays the records below. You can click anywhere on that map to zoom in, and clicking on any point will display the full data for that locality Opopaea platnicki, Discover Life Map
 

MATERIAL EXAMINED
Order by:    
PBI USI Country State Division Locality Sex Type Status Elevation(m) GPS Coordinate Habitat Collection_Date Collector Inst. Code
PBI_OON 00023484  NEW CALEDONIA      Me maoya summit plateau  1 Adult Female    1400  -21.36666; 165.33333  rainforest, litter  12 Nov 2002  G. Monteith, C. Burwell  QM 
PBI_OON 00023443  NEW CALEDONIA  unknown  n/a  Col des Rousettes  4 Adult Male  Paratype  490  -21.45000; 165.46660  dry forest, litter  29 May 1987  N. Platnick, R. Raven  AMNH 
PBI_OON 00000215  NEW CALEDONIA  unknown  n/a  Col des Rousettes  1 Adult Male  Holotype  490  -21.45000; 165.46660  dry forest  29 May 1987  N. Platnick, R. Raven  AMNH 
PBI_OON 00022580  NEW CALEDONIA  unknown  n/a  Col de Rousettes  2 Adult Female    500  -21.41666; 165.46666  bark  02 Feb 2004  G. Monteith  QM 
PBI_OON 00010308  NEW CALEDONIA  unknown  n/a  Col de Rousettes  1 Adult Female    500  -21.41666; 165.46666  rainforest, litter  31 Jul 1978  S., J. Peck  FMNH 
PBI_OON 00023443  NEW CALEDONIA  unknown  n/a  Col des Rousettes  2 Adult Female  Paratype  490  -21.45000; 165.46660  dry forest, litter  29 May 1987  N. Platnick, R. Raven  AMNH 


 
 
 
 
The American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with
The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco   The University of California, Berkeley
The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago   George Washington University, Washington DC
 
©Copyright 2006-2022. All Rights Reserved.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DEB 0613754. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
If the format of any material on the website interferes with your ability to access that material, please contact us at [email protected]