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Opopaea mahafaly       Get publication



            Male (PBI_OON 34407). CEPHALOTHORAX: Carapace pale orange, without any pattern, ovoid in dorsal view, pars cephalica flat 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 striated, sides striated, thorax without depressions, fovea absent, 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; non-marginal pars thoracica setae dark, needle-like; marginal setae dark, needle-like. 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 present, dark, needle-like. Chilum absent. Eyes six, well developed, ALE, PME subequal, larger than PLE, ALE oval, PME squared, 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 with rows of small pits, radial furrow opposite coxae III absent, 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; 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 dark, needle-like, densest medially; paturon inner margin with pairs of enlarged setae, distal region unmodified, posterior surface unmodified, promargin unmodified, inner margin unmodified. Labium triangular, not fused to sternum, anterior margin not indented at middle, same as sternum in sclerotization; without setae. Endites distally not excavated, anteromedian tip unmodified, posteromedian part unmodified, same as sternum in sclerotization. ABDOMEN: globular, without long posterior extension, rounded posteriorly, inter-scutal membrane rows of small sclerotized platelets absent posteriorly; dorsum soft portions pale orange, 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, plumose hairs absent, matted setae on anterior ventral abdomen in pedicel area absent. Dorsal scutum strongly sclerotized, pale orange, without color pattern, covering full length of abdomen, no soft tissue visible from above, fused to epigastric scutum, middle surface punctate, sides punctate, anterior half without projecting denticles. Epigastric scutum strongly sclerotized, not surrounding pedicel, not protruding, small lateral sclerites absent. Postepigastric scutum strongly sclerotized, pale orange, almost semicircular, covering nearly full length of abdominal length, fused to epigastric scutum, anterior margin unmodified, with short posteriorly directed lateral apodemes. 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 absent. Interscutal membrane with setae. Colulus absent. LEGS: yellow, 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. Trichobothria examined with Stereo microscope; tibia: I one, II one, III zero, IV zero; metatarsus: each with zero. GENITALIA: Epigastric region with sperm pore small, oval, situated at level of anterior spiracles, unmodified; furrow without omega-shaped insertions, without setae. Palp normal size, not strongly sclerotized, right and left palps symmetrical; trochanter normal size, unmodified; femur normal size, two or more times as long as trochanter, without posteriorly rounded lateral dilation, attaching to patella subbasally; patella longer than femur, enlarged, without prolateral row of ridges, setae unmodified; cymbium plumose setae absent.
Opopaea mahafaly, male carapace, anterior view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---34407)

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Opopaea mahafaly, male abdomen, lateral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---34407)

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Opopaea mahafaly, male abdomen, ventral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---34407)

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Opopaea mahafaly, male carapace, dorsal view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---34407)

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Opopaea mahafaly, male carapace, lateral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---34407)

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Opopaea mahafaly, male carapace, ventral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---34407)

OPOPAmahafmpcarv34407DA.tif

Opopaea mahafaly, male epigynum, epigynal area, dorsal view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---34407)

OPOPAmahafmpepid34407DA.tif

Opopaea mahafaly, male epigynum, epigynal area, ventral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---34407)

OPOPAmahafmpepiv34407DA.tif

Opopaea mahafaly, male habitus, dorsal view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---34407)

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Opopaea mahafaly, male habitus, ventral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---34407)

OPOPAmahafmphabv34407DA.tif

Opopaea mahafaly, male leg IV, prolateral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---34407)

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Opopaea mahafaly, male leg IV, retrolateral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---34407)

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Opopaea mahafaly, male palp, prolateral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---34407)

OPOPAmahafmppalp34407DA.tif

Opopaea mahafaly, male palp, retrolateral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---34407)

OPOPAmahafmppalr34407DA.tif

Opopaea mahafaly, male pedicel, anterior view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---34407)

OPOPAmahafmppeda34407DA.tif

 

DISTRIBUTION

MADAGASCAR
Opopaea mahafaly 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 00034410  MADAGASCAR  Fianarantsoa  Vevembe, Farafangana  MADAGASCAR: Fianarantsoa: Foret de Vevembe  2 Adult Female    600  -22.79111; 47.18194  tropical dry forest  23 Apr 2006  B.L. Fisher et. al.  CAS 
PBI_OON 00035051  MADAGASCAR  Mahajanga  Antsalova  MADAGASCAR: Mahajanga: Park National Tsingy de Bemaraha  30 Mixed    150  -19.70944; 44.71806  tropical dry forest  16 Nov 2001  B.L. Fisher et. al.  CAS 
PBI_OON 00034399  MADAGASCAR  Mahajanga  Baie Baly  MADAGASCAR: Mahajanga: Park National de Baie Baly, 12.4 km 337° NNW Soalala.  8 Mixed    10  -16.01000; 45.26500  tropical dry forest  26 Nov 2002  C. Griswold, B. Fisher, et al.  CAS 
PBI_OON 00003778  MADAGASCAR  Mahajanga  Besalampy  MADAGASCAR: Mahajanga province: Réserve spéciale de Bemarivo, 23.8 km 223˚ SW Besalampy  25 Mixed    30  -16.92500; 44.36833  tropical dry forest  19 May 2002  Fisher, Griswold et.al.  CAS 
PBI_OON 00003832  MADAGASCAR  Toliara  Antafoky  MADAGASCAR: Toliara: Antafoky  54 Mixed    60  -23.47917; 44.06611  Gallery forest  21 Jan 2002  Frontier Project  CAS 
PBI_OON 00035102  MADAGASCAR  Toliara  Beza Mahafaly  MADAGASCAR:Toliara Province: RS Beza Mahafaly ; 26.19 km ENE Betioky  2 Adult Female    147  -18.00000; 44.63278  Gallery forest  17 Jan 2009  D. Andriamalala, C. Griswold, G. Hormiga, A. Saucedo, N. Scharff and H. Wood  CAS 
PBI_OON 00034407  MADAGASCAR  Toliara  Beza Mahafaly  MADAGASCAR: Toliara province: Beza Mahafaly, 27 km E Betioky, rainforest  51 Mixed  Holotype  135  -23.65000; 44.63333  Gallery forest  23 Apr 1997  B.L. Fisher et. al.  CAS 
PBI_OON 00035229  MADAGASCAR  Toliara  Beza Mahafaly  MADAGASCAR:Toliara Province: RS Beza Mahafaly ; 26.19 km ENE Betioky  2 Mixed    147  -18.00000; 44.63278  Gallery forest  17 Jan 2009  D. Andriamalala, C. Griswold, G. Hormiga, A. Saucedo, N. Scharff and H. Wood  CAS 
PBI_OON 00034404  MADAGASCAR  Toliara  Fiherenana  MADAGASCAR: Toliara: Fiherenana  10 Adult Female    70  -23.52722; 44.08750  Gallery forest  27 Jan 2006  Frontier Project  CAS 
PBI_OON 00003116  MADAGASCAR  Toliara  Kirindy Mite  MADAGASCAR: Toliara: Park National Kirindy Mite. 16.3 km 127° SE Belo sur Mer  8 Mixed    80  -20.79527; 44.14694  tropical dry forest  06 Dec 2001  D. Andriamalala, C. Griswold, G. Hormiga, A. Saucedo, N. Scharff and H. Wood  CAS 
PBI_OON 00003118  MADAGASCAR  Toliara  Manderano  MADAGASCAR: Toliara: Manderano  1 Adult Male    100  -23.17694; 43.96083  Gallery forest  03 Nov 2002  Frontier Project  CAS 
PBI_OON 00035042  MADAGASCAR  Toliara  Ranobe  MADAGASCAR: Toliara: Ranobe  2 Adult Female    30  -23.03944; 43.61028  spiny forest thicket  05 Jan 2008  Frontier Project  CAS 


 
 
 
 
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