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Opopaea monteithi       Get publication



            Male (PBI_OON 22640). Total length 1.49. 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 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, 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 light, needle-like, present in u-shaped row; non-marginal pars thoracica setae light, needle-like; marginal setae light, needle-like. Clypeus margin slightly rebordered, curved downwards 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:0.075, PME:0.070, PLE:0.054, ALE largest, ALE circular, PME squared, PLE circular; posterior eye row straight from both above and 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, 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 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 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 surface, without hair tufts. Mouthparts: Chelicerae, endites and labium pale orange. 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 twisce 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, plumose hairs absent, matted setae on anterior ventral abdomen in pedicel area absent, cuticular outgrowths near pedicel absent, with additional widely oval scutal ridge. 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, 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: 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. Tarsi I to IV superior claws tooth not examined in detail. Tarsi I to IV with inferior claw. Trichobothria not examined. GENITALIA: Epigastric region with sperm pore small, oval, situated at level of anterior spiracles, unmodified; furrow with pair of 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, 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, patella orange brown, 0.27 mm long, 0.15 mm wide, connection to femur at 0.140 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, without distal patch of setae; bulb pale orange, 1 to 1.5 times as long as cymbium, slender, elongated, distal part bulb ventrally bulged with elongated distal part and short medially bent tip..
Opopaea monteithi, male abdomen, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22640)

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Opopaea monteithi, male carapace, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22640)

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Opopaea monteithi, male carapace, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22640)

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Opopaea monteithi, male carapace, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22640)

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Opopaea monteithi, male habitus, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22640)

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Opopaea monteithi, male habitus, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22640)

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Opopaea monteithi, male habitus, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22640)

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Opopaea monteithi, male palp, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22640)

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Opopaea monteithi, male palp, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22640)

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Opopaea monteithi, male palp, retrolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22640)

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Opopaea monteithi, male sternum, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22640)

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Opopaea monteithi, male abdomen, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22630)

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Opopaea monteithi, male bulb, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22630)

OPOPAMONTEmsbulp22630BB.tif

Opopaea monteithi, male embolus, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22630)

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Opopaea monteithi, male embolus, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22630)

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Opopaea monteithi, male fang, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22630)

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Opopaea monteithi, male labium, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22630)

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Opopaea monteithi, male palp, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22630)

OPOPAMONTEmspald22630BB.tif

Opopaea monteithi, male palp, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22630)

OPOPAMONTEmspalp22630BB.tif

Opopaea monteithi, male sperm pore, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22630)

OPOPAMONTEmsspov22630BB.tif

Opopaea monteithi, male sternum, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22630)

OPOPAMONTEmsstev22630BB.tif

Opopaea monteithi, male tarsal organ, palp, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22630)

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            Female (PBI_OON 23429). Total length 1.68. As in male except as noted. CEPHALOTHORAX: Eyes aLE:0.081, PME:0.060, PLE:0.053; posterior eye row recurved from above. Endites anteromedian tip unmodified, endites twisce as long as wide. Female palp claws absent; spines absent; tarsus unmodified, patella without prolateral row of ridges. ABDOMEN: Pedicel with additional widely oval scutal 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 monteithi, female abdomen, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23429)

opopamontefpabda23429BB.tif

Opopaea monteithi, female abdomen, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23429)

opopamontefpabdv23429BB.tif

Opopaea monteithi, female carapace, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23429)

opopamontefpcara23429BB.tif

Opopaea monteithi, female carapace, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23429)

opopamontefpcard23429BB.tif

Opopaea monteithi, female carapace, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23429)

opopamontefpcarl23429BB.tif

Opopaea monteithi, female epigynum, epigynal area, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23429)

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DISTRIBUTION

NEW CALEDONIA
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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 00022640  NEW CALEDONIA      Pombey 8km SW Hwy  1 Adult Male  Holotype  300  -20.90000; 165.11666  bark  28 Nov 2003  G. Monteith  QM 
PBI_OON 00022647  NEW CALEDONIA      Port Boise (G.Kanua)  1 Adult Male    20  -22.35000; 166.96666  bark  18 Nov 2002  G. Monteith  QM 
PBI_OON 00022607  NEW CALEDONIA      Col d'Amieu, 6 km NNE  1 Adult Female    300  -21.55000; 165.85000  bark  11 Nov 2001  C. Burwell  QM 
PBI_OON 00023429  NEW CALEDONIA      Pombey 8km SW Hwy  2 Adult Female  Paratype  300  -20.90000; 165.11666  bark  28 Nov 2003  G. Monteith  QM 
PBI_OON 00022648  NEW CALEDONIA      Mandjelia, lower creek  1 Adult Female    550  -20.40000; 164.51666  bark  07 Nov 2001  G. Monteith  QM 
PBI_OON 00023446  NEW CALEDONIA  unknown  n/a  2km W Cold' Amieu Forestry Station  1 Adult Male    430  -21.55000; 165.83330  rainforest, litter  26 May 1987  N. Platnick, R. Raven  AMNH 
PBI_OON 00022630  NEW CALEDONIA  unknown  n/a  unknown  1 Adult Male      ;   rainforest, litter  01 Jan 2002  G. Monteith  QM 


 
 
 
 
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