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Molotra tsingy       Get publication



            Male (PBI_OON_03397). Total length 1.56. CEPHALOTHORAX: Carapace pale orange, without any pattern, ovoid in dorsal view, pars cephalica slightly elevated 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 smooth, thorax without depressions, fovea absent, without radiating rows of pits; lateral margin undulate, 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 absent; marginal setae light, needle-like. Clypeus margin unmodified, curved downwards in front view, vertical in lateral view, high, ALE separated from edge of carapace by their radius or more; setae present, light, needle-like. Chilum absent. Eyes six, well developed, all subequal, ALE oval, PME squared, PLE oval; posterior eye row recurved from above, straight from front; ALE separated by more than their diameter, ALE-PLE touching, PME touching throughout most of their length, PLE-PME separated by less than PME radius. Sternum longer than wide, yellow-brown, uniform, not fused to carapace, median concavity absent, with radial furrows between coxae I-II, II-III, III-IV, furrow with row of large pits, radial furrow opposite coxae III absent, surface smooth, covered with small round pits, microsculpture absent, sickle-shaped structures absent, anterior margin with continuous transverse groove, posterior margin not extending posteriorly of coxae IV, anterior corner unmodified, distance between coxae approximately equal, extensions of pre-coxal triangles absent, lateral margins unmodified, without posterior hump; setae sparse, light, needle-like, densest laterally, originating from small pits, without hair tufts. Mouthparts: Chelicerae, endites and labium orange-brown. Chelicerae straight, anterior face unmodified; without teeth on both promargin and retromargin; fangs directed medially, shape normal, without prominent basal process; setae light, needle-like; paturon distal region unmodified. Labium rectangular, not fused to sternum, anterior margin indented at middle, same as sternum in sclerotization, labium shape is actually trapezoidal.; with 6 or more setae on anterior margin, subdistal portion with unmodified setae. Endites distally 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 orange-brown, without color pattern. Book lung covers large, round, without setae, anterolateral edge unmodified. Posterior spiracles connected by groove. Pedicel tube medium, ribbed, scuto-pedicel region unmodified, scutum 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, yellow-brown, 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 strongly sclerotized, surrounding pedicel, not protruding, small lateral sclerites absent. Postepigastric scutum strongly sclerotized, orange-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, 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 needle-like setae. Dense patch of setae anterior to spinnerets absent. Interscutal membrane with setae. Colulus represented only by setae. LEGS: yellow-brown, without color pattern; femur IV not thickened, same size as femora I-III, patella plus tibia I near as long as 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 spination (only surfaces bearing spines listed, all spines longer than segment width): tibiae: I v4-2-2; II v3-2-2; metatarsi: I, II v2-2-0. Tarsi I to IV superior claws tooth examined in detail; tarsal proclaws and retroclaws inner face striate; tarsus I superior claws with zero teeth on lateral surface of proclaw, five teeth on median surface of proclaw, zero teeth on lateral surface of retroclaw, five teeth on median surface of retroclaw; tarsus II superior claws with zero teeth on lateral surface of proclaw, zero teeth on median surface of proclaw, five teeth on lateral surface of retroclaw, five teeth on median surface of retroclaw; tarsus IV superior claws with zero teeth on lateral surface of proclaw, five teeth on median surface of proclaw, zero teeth on lateral surface of retroclaw, five teeth on median surface of retroclaw. Tarsi I to IV without inferior claw. Trichobothria not examined. GENITALIA: Epigastric region with sperm pore large, 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, proximal segments pale orange; embolus dark, embolar region with a broad, ectally concave, retrolateral lobe and 2 prolateral teeth.; trochanter normal size, unmodified; femur normal size, two or more times as long as trochanter, without posteriorly rounded lateral dilation, attaching to patella basally; patella shorter than femur, not enlarged, without prolateral row of ridges, setae unmodified; tibia trichobothria not examined; cymbium pale orange, ovoid in dorsal view, not fused with bulb, not extending beyond distal tip of bulb, plumose setae absent, without stout setae, with distal patch of setae, the cymbium and bulb are twisted, so that the morphologically dorsal surface is prolateral relative to the entire palp.; bulb pale orange, 1 to 1.5 times as long as cymbium, stout, tapering apically, distal part embolar region separated from rest of bulb by a transverse fold..
Molotra tsingy, male abdomen, anterior view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male abdomen, dorsal view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male abdomen, lateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male abdomen, posterior view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male abdomen, ventral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male carapace, dorsal view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male habitus, dorsal view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male habitus, lateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male habitus, ventral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male leg I, prolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male leg I, retrolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male leg IV, prolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male leg IV, retrolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male palp, anterior view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male palp, dorsal view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male palp, prolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male palp, retrolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male prosoma (sternum+peripheral area), anterior view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male prosoma (sternum+peripheral area), lateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male prosoma (sternum+peripheral area), posterior view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male prosoma (sternum+peripheral area), ventral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male claws, leg I, anterior view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male claws, leg I, retrolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male claws, leg II, prolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male claws, leg IV, retrolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male embolus, dorsal view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male embolus, prolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male embolus, retrolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male embolus, ventral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male tarsal organ, leg IV, dorsal view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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Molotra tsingy, male tibia I, prolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03397)

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DISTRIBUTION

MADAGASCAR
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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 00003397  MADAGASCAR  Mahajanga    Parc National Tsingy de Bemaraha, 10.6 km ESE 123 Antsalova  2 Adult Male  Holotype  150  -19.70944; 44.71806  tropical dry forest, leaf mold, rotten wood  16 Nov 2001  B.L. Fisher et. al.  CAS 


 
 
 
 
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