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Cavisternum gillespieae       Get publication

            Male (PBI_OON 23654). Total length 0.96. CEPHALOTHORAX: Carapace yellow, 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 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, straight 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: 0.047; PLE: 0.040, PME largest, ALE circular, PME oval, PLE circular; posterior eye row recurved from above, straight from front; ALE separated by their radius to diameter, ALE-PLE touching, PME touching for less than half their length, PLE-PME touching. Sternum longer than wide, yellow, uniform, fused to carapace, median concavity present, occupying most of the sternum length, without radial furrows between coxae I-II, II-III, III-IV, 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 pores, distance between coxae approximately equal, extensions of pre-coxal triangles absent, lateral margins unmodified, without posterior hump, with oval field of clavate setae, covering about 3/4 of sternum; setae sparse, light, needle-like, densest laterally, originating from small pits, without hair tufts. Mouthparts: Chelicerae, endites and labium yellow. Chelicerae straight, anterior face unmodified, fang flattened laterally with broadened tip; without teeth on both promargin and retromargin; fangs without tooth-like projections, directed posteriorly, without prominent basal process, tip distally widened; 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 3-5 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 small, elliptical, without setae, anterolateral edge unmodified. Posterior spiracles connected by groove. Pedicel tube short, ribbed, scuto-pedicel region unmodified, 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, yellow, 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, strongly protruding, small lateral sclerites absent. Postepigastric scutum weakly sclerotized, yellow, 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, plumose. 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, oval, situated in front of anterior spiracles, rebordered; furrow without omega-shaped insertions, without setae. Palp normal size, not strongly sclerotized, right and left palps symmetrical, proximal segments white; 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 basally; patella shorter than femur, not enlarged, without prolateral row of ridges, setae unmodified; tibia trichobothria not examined; cymbium white, ovoid in dorsal view, fused with bulb but with clearly defined seam between, not extending beyond distal tip of bulb, covered with plumose setae, without stout setae; bulb white, 1 to 1.5 times as long as cymbium, stout, spherical, palp pear-shaped, bearing a long thin medially bent, embolus with retrolateral tooth-like projection.
Cavisternum gillespieae, male abdomen, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23654)


Cavisternum gillespieae, male carapace, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23654)


Cavisternum gillespieae, male habitus, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23654)


Cavisternum gillespieae, male habitus, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23654)


Cavisternum gillespieae, male palp, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23654)


Cavisternum gillespieae, male habitus, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23654)


Cavisternum gillespieae, male palp, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23654)


Cavisternum gillespieae, male palp, retrolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23654)


Cavisternum gillespieae, male sternum, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23654)


Cavisternum gillespieae, male abdomen, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23656)


Cavisternum gillespieae, male chelicerae, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23656)


Cavisternum gillespieae, male endites, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23656)


Cavisternum gillespieae, male palp, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23656)


Cavisternum gillespieae, male palp, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23656)


Cavisternum gillespieae, male sternum, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23656)


            Female (PBI_OON 23655). Total length 1.10. As in male except as noted. CEPHALOTHORAX: Eyes aLE: 0.043; PME: 0.039; PLE: 0.032, ALE largest. Sternum median concavity absent. Mouthparts: fangs directed medially, tip unmodified. Endites anteromedian tip unmodified. Female palp claws absent; spines absent; tarsus unmodified, patella without prolateral row of ridges. ABDOMEN: cylindrical. Epigastric scutum not protruding. 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. GENITALIA: Ventral view: epigastric area widely oval, with dark circular copulatory opening at level close to anterior spiracles. Narrow copulatory duct originating from copulatory opening ending at epigastric fold..
Cavisternum gillespieae, female carapace, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23655)


Cavisternum gillespieae, female habitus, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23655)


Cavisternum gillespieae, female habitus, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23655)


Cavisternum gillespieae, female epigynum, epigynal area, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23655)


Cavisternum gillespieae, female habitus, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23655)




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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 00023656  AUSTRALIA  Northern Territory    Wongalara Wildlife Sanctuary  2 Adult Female      -14.15277; 134.16111  litter  03 Jun 2012  M. S. Harvey  WAMP 
PBI_OON 00023655  AUSTRALIA  Northern Territory    Wongalara Wildlife Sanctuary  1 Adult Female  Allotype    -14.15277; 134.16111  litter  03 Jun 2012  M. S. Harvey  WAMP 
PBI_OON 00023654  AUSTRALIA  Northern Territory    Wongalara Wildlife Sanctuary  1 Adult Male  Holotype    -14.15277; 134.16111  litter  03 Jun 2012  M. S. Harvey  WAMP 

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