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Opopaea antsalova       Get publication

            Male (PBI_OON 35038). CEPHALOTHORAX: Carapace red-brown, 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 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 largest, ALE circular, PME squared, PLE oval; 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, red-brown, uniform, not 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, with posterior hump, posterior part wider proximally, but thin and constricted distally; setae abundant, dark, needle-like, evenly scattered, originating from surface, without hair tufts. Mouthparts: Chelicerae, endites and labium red-brown. Chelicerae straight, anterior face unmodified; fangs without tooth-like projections, directed medially, 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 elongated hexagon, not fused to sternum, anterior margin not indented at middle, same as sternum in sclerotization; without setae. Endites distally not excavated, anteromedian tip with one strong, tooth-like projection, posteromedian part unmodified, same as sternum in sclerotization. ABDOMEN: ovoid, without long posterior extension, rounded posteriorly, inter-scutal membrane rows of small sclerotized platelets absent posteriorly, abdomen oval, and not flattened posteriorly; dorsum soft portions red-brown, without color pattern. Book lung covers small, very narrow, without setae, anterolateral edge with tubercle, abdomen, booklung covers, medium size. 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, red-brown, 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, red-brown, long, 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: orange-brown, 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: each with three; metatarsus: I one, II one, III one, IV zero. GENITALIA: Epigastric region with sperm pore small, circular, situated in front of anterior spiracles, unmodified; furrow without omega-shaped insertions, without setae. Palp normal size, not strongly sclerotized, right and left palps symmetrical, proximal segments red-brown; trochanter normal size, unmodified; 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; cymbium red-brown, completely fused with bulb, no seam visible; bulb red-brown.
Opopaea antsalova, male carapace, anterior view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---35038)


Opopaea antsalova, male carapace, dorsal view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---35038)


Opopaea antsalova, male carapace, lateral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---35038)


Opopaea antsalova, male carapace, ventral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---35038)


Opopaea antsalova, male habitus, dorsal view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---35038)


Opopaea antsalova, male habitus, lateral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---35038)


Opopaea antsalova, male habitus, ventral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---35038)


Opopaea antsalova, male leg IV, ventral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---35038)


Opopaea antsalova, male palp, prolateral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---35038)


Opopaea antsalova, male palp, retrolateral view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---35038)


Opopaea antsalova, male pedicel, anterior view (image by DA, specimen ID: ---35038)




Opopaea antsalova coordinates
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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 00035038  MADAGASCAR  Mahajanga  Antsalova  MADAGASCAR: Mahajanga: Park National Tsingy de Bemaraha, 10.6 km ESE 123 E Antsalova  52 Mixed  Holotype  150  -19.70944; 44.71806  tropical dry forest  16 Nov 2001  B.L. Fisher et. al.  CAS 
PBI_OON 00035037  MADAGASCAR  Mahajanga  Bekopaka  MADAGASCAR: Mahajanga: Park National Tsingy de Bemaraha. 3.4 km 93 E Bekopaka, Tombeau Vazimba  52 Mixed    50  -19.14194; 44.82806  tropical dry forest  06 Nov 2001  B.L. Fisher et. al.  CAS 
PBI_OON 00003773  MADAGASCAR  Toliara  Ranobe  MADAGASCAR:Toliara: Ranobe  1 Adult Female    30  -23.03972; 43.61083  spiny forest thicket  17 Feb 2003  Frontier Project  CAS 

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