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Molotra ninae       Get publication



            Male (PBI_OON_03395). Total length 2.16. 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 rounded posterolateral corners, posterolateral edge without pits, posterior margin not bulging below posterior rim, anterolateral corners without extension or projections, surface of elevated portion of pars cephalica granulate, sides granulate, thorax without depressions, fovea absent, carapace lateral margins only slightly undulate., 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 light, needle-like; marginal setae light, needle-like. Clypeus margin unmodified, straight in front view, vertical in lateral view, high, ALE separated from edge of carapace by their radius or more, median projection absent, clypeus curved very slightly downward.; setae present, light, needle-like. Chilum absent. Eyes six, well developed, ALE largest, ALE circular, PME squared, PLE oval; 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 throughout most of their length, PLE-PME separated by less than PME radius. Sternum longer than wide, orange-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 medially and in furrows, 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, sternum only slightly longer than wide.; 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 without tooth-like projections, directed medially, shape normal, without prominent basal process, tip unmodified; setae light, needle-like, evenly scattered; paturon inner margin with scattered setae, distal region unmodified, promargin with row of flattened setae, laminate groove absent. Labium rectangular, not fused to sternum, anterior margin indented at middle, same as sternum in sclerotization, labium shape trapezoidal.; with 6 or more setae on anterior margin, subdistal portion with unmodified setae. Endites distally excavated, serrula present in single row, anteromedian tip unmodified, 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 without color pattern. Book lung covers small, ovoid, without setae, anterolateral edge unmodified. Posterior spiracles connected by groove. Pedicel tube medium, ribbed, scuto-pedicel region with small denticles in curved rows anteriorly from booklung, 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, orange-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, slightly protuding, small lateral sclerites absent. Postepigastric scutum strongly sclerotized, orange-brown, almost 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 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 spination (only surfaces bearing spines listed, all spines longer than segment width): tibiae: I, II v4-2-2; IV v0-0-1; metatarsi: I, II v2-2-0; (leg IV: tibia IV with distal prolateral spine, just longer than tibial width.. ). Tarsi I to IV superior claws tooth not examined in detail. Tarsi I to IV without inferior claw. GENITALIA: Epigastric region with sperm pore small, oval, situated between anterior and posterior spiracles, unmodified; furrow without omega-shaped insertions, without setae. Palp normal size, not strongly sclerotized, right and left palps symmetrical, proximal segments yellow-brown; embolus dark, 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 subbasally; patella shorter than femur, enlarged, without prolateral row of ridges, setae unmodified; tibia trichobothria not examined; cymbium orange-brown, 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; bulb yellow-brown, 1 to 1.5 times as long as cymbium, stout, tapering apically, distal part embolar lobes very broad..
Molotra ninae, male abdomen, dorsal view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male abdomen, lateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male abdomen, posterior view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male abdomen, ventral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male carapace, dorsal view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male habitus, dorsal view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male habitus, lateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male habitus, ventral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male leg I, prolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male leg I, retrolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male leg IV, prolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male leg IV, retrolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male palp, dorsal view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male palp, prolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male palp, retrolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male prosoma (sternum+peripheral area), anterior view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male prosoma (sternum+peripheral area), lateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male prosoma (sternum+peripheral area), posterior view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male prosoma (sternum+peripheral area), ventral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male embolus, anterior view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male embolus, ventral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male palp, dorsal view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male palp, prolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male palp, retrolateral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male palp, ventral view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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Molotra ninae, male tarsal organ, palp, dorsal view (image by DU, specimen ID: ---03395)

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DISTRIBUTION

MADAGASCAR
Molotra ninae coordinates
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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
  MADAGASCAR  Toamasina    Ambatovy, 12.4 km NE Moramanga  2 Adult Male  Holotype  1080  -18.83944; 48.30833    04 Mar 2007  B.L. Fisher et. al.  CAS 
  MADAGASCAR  Toamasina    Torotorofotsy  1 Adult Male  Paratype  1070  -18.87083; 48.34750  montane rainforest, Leaf Litter  24 Mar 2004  Malagasy ant team  CAS 


 
 
 
 
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