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Opopaea ameyi       Get publication



            Male (PBI_OON 6021). Total length 1.10. 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 rounded 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 straight, 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, vertical 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: 0.045; PME: 0.041; PLE: 0.037, ALE largest, all eyes circular; posterior eye row recurved from above, straight from front; ALE separated by their radius to diameter, ALE-PLE separated by less than ALE radius, PME touching for less than half 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 without infra-coxal grooves, distance between coxae approximately equal, extensions of pre-coxal triangles absent, lateral margins unmodified, without posterior hump, area between furrows I-II and II-III bulged; 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, dorsoventrally flattened and strongly bent medially, 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. 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 weakly sclerotized, pale orange, without color pattern, covering full length of abdomen, no soft tissue visible from above, not fused to epigastric scutum, middle surface smooth, sides smooth, anterior half without projecting denticles. Epigastric scutum weakly sclerotized, surrounding pedicel, not protruding, small lateral sclerites absent. Postepigastric scutum weakly sclerotized, pale orange, 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, 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 without inferior claw. Trichobothria not examined. GENITALIA: Epigastric region with sperm pore small, circular, 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, proximal segments pale orange; embolus light, prolateral excavation present; 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, 0.220 long, 0.114 wide, connection to femur at 0.100 mm; tibia trichobothria not examined; cymbium pale orange, ovoid 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; bulb pale orange, 1 to 1.5 times as long as cymbium, slender, tapering apically, bulb ventrally slightly bulged with two strong prolateral basal spines close together, a relatively open fenestra with a wide lateral fold and a ribbed prolateral bulbal tip..
Opopaea ameyi, male fang, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

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Opopaea ameyi, male labium, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

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Opopaea ameyi, male palp, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

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Opopaea ameyi, male palp, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

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Opopaea ameyi, male sternum, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

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Opopaea ameyi, male abdomen, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

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Opopaea ameyi, male abdomen, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYImpabdv06021BB.tif

Opopaea ameyi, male carapace, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYImpcara06021BB.tif

Opopaea ameyi, male carapace, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYImpcard06021BB.tif

Opopaea ameyi, male carapace, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYImpcarp06021BB.tif

Opopaea ameyi, male habitus, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYImphabd06021BB.tif

Opopaea ameyi, male habitus, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYImphabl06021BB.tif

Opopaea ameyi, male palp, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYImppald06021BB.tif

Opopaea ameyi, male palp, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYImppalp06021BB.tif

Opopaea ameyi, male palp, retrolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

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Opopaea ameyi, male sternum, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYImpstev06021BB.tif


            Female (PBI_OON 6021). Total length 1.13. As in male except as noted. CEPHALOTHORAX: Eyes aLE: 0.055; PME: 0.048; PLE: 0.044. 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 ameyi, female abdomen, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYIfpabdv06021BB.tif

Opopaea ameyi, female abdomen, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYIfpabda06021BB.tif

Opopaea ameyi, female carapace, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYIfpcara06021BB.tif

Opopaea ameyi, female carapace, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYIfpcard06021BB.tif

Opopaea ameyi, female carapace, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYIfpcarp06021BB.tif

Opopaea ameyi, female epigynum, epigynal area, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYIfpepiv06021BB.tif

Opopaea ameyi, female habitus, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYIfphabd06021BB.tif

Opopaea ameyi, female habitus, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYIfphabl06021BB.tif

Opopaea ameyi, female sternum, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---06021)

OPOPAAMEYIfpstev06021BB.tif

 

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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 00023436  AUSTRALIA  Queensland    Toomba Hstead site  1 Adult Male  Holotype  395  -19.96736; 145.57485    28 Sept 2006  R. Raven, A. Amey, B. Baehr  QM 
PBI_OON 00006021  AUSTRALIA  Queensland    Toomba Hstead site  1 Adult Female    395  -19.96736; 145.57485    28 Sept 2006  R. Raven, A. Amey, B. Baehr  QM 


 
 
 
 
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