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Opopaea touho       Get publication

            Male (PBI_OON 22663). Total length 1.43. CEPHALOTHORAX: Carapace pale orange, 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 smooth, thorax without depressions, fovea absent, without radiating rows of pits; 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; marginal setae light, needle-like. Clypeus margin slightly rebordered, curved downwards in front view, sloping forward in lateral view, median projection absent; setae present, light, needle-like. Chilum absent. Eyes six, well developed, aLE:0.077; PME:0.066; PLE:0.056, 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 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 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, posterior end with 2 notched tips; setae sparse, light, needle-like, evenly scattered, originating from small pits, 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 about as long as wide with long, medially bent tooth-like projection. 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. 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, rebordered; 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, bulb narrow, ventrally barely bulged with short rounded, medially bent tip.; trochanter normal size, unmodified; femur normal size, two or more times as long as trochanter, with 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, 0.265 mm long, 0.144 mm wide, connection to femur 0.142mm; 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.
Opopaea touho, male abdomen, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male abdomen, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male carapace, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male carapace, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male carapace, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male carapace, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male habitus, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male habitus, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male habitus, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male palp, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male palp, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male palp, retrolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male bulb, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male bulb, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male bulb, retrolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male embolus, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male embolus, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male embolus, retrolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


Opopaea touho, male palp, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---22663)


            Female (PBI_OON 23428). Total length 1.65. As in male except as noted. CEPHALOTHORAX: Eyes aLE:0.087; PME:0.070; PLE:0.057. Endites anteromedian tip unmodified, endites about twice as long as wide. Female palp claws absent; spines absent; tarsus unmodified, patella without prolateral row of ridges. ABDOMEN: 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 touho, female abdomen, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23428)


Opopaea touho, female abdomen, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23428)


Opopaea touho, female carapace, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23428)


Opopaea touho, female carapace, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23428)


Opopaea touho, female carapace, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23428)


Opopaea touho, female sternum, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23428)


Opopaea touho, female epigynum, epigynal area, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23428)


Opopaea touho, female habitus, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23428)


Opopaea touho, female habitus, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23428)


Opopaea touho, female habitus, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23428)




Opopaea touho 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 00000226  NEW CALEDONIA      St. : 292 a Mt. Panie, pente E  1 Adult Female    600  -20.55861; 164.77444    03 Nov 1988  A., S. Tillier  MNHN 
PBI_OON 00007172  NEW CALEDONIA      Mandjélia  2 Adult Female    700  -20.40000; 164.53330    13 May 1992  R. Raven, G. Ingram, E. Guilbert  QM 
PBI_OON 00022584  NEW CALEDONIA      Mandjélia  1 Adult Female    700  -20.40000; 164.53330  rainforest, litter  12 May 1984  G. Monteith, D. Cook  QM 
PBI_OON 00022663  NEW CALEDONIA  unknown  n/a  Touho TV tower  1 Adult Male  Holotype  400  -20.65000; 165.21666  rainforest, litter  30 Jan 2004  G. Monteith  QM 
PBI_OON 00023428  NEW CALEDONIA  unknown  n/a  Touho TV tower  1 Adult Female  Paratype  400  -20.65000; 165.21666  rainforest, litter  30 Jan 2004  G. Monteith  QM 

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