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Opopaea gerstmeieri       Get publication



            Male (PBI_OON 23608). Total length 1.21. 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 angular 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, sloping forward 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, reduced, tiny, aLE:0.054; PME:0.053; PLE:0.037, ALE largest, ALE circular, PME oval, PLE circular; posterior eye row straight from both above and 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, distance between coxae approximately equal, extensions of pre-coxal triangles absent, lateral margins unmodified, without posterior hump, radial furrows reduced, barely visible.; setae sparse, dark, 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 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, endites twice as long as wide. 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, ridges medially connected. 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, postepigastric scutum with longitudinal concavity covering 1/2 of its lengths and weak longitudinal ridge; lateral apodemes 1/2 as long as postepigastric scutum.. 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, concavity covered with short setae. 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, narrow, slit-like, 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 absent; trochanter normal size, unmodified; femur normal size, two or more times as long as trochanter, without posteriorly rounded lateral dilation, attaching to patella medially, femur attachment medially; patella longer than femur, much larger than femur, without prolateral row of ridges, setae unmodified, 0.206 long, 0.115 wide, connection to femur at 0.043.; 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, stout, tapering apically, middle part bulb ventrally slightly bulged, with two strong basomedial setae, fenestra ending in large fold, tip short, medially bent..
Opopaea gerstmeieri, male carapace, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23608)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male habitus, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23608)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male habitus, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23608)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male palp, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23608)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male palp, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23608)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male palp, retrolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23608)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male carapace, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23608)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male abdomen, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23608)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male habitus, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23608)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male sternum, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23608)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male abdomen, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23608)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male carapace, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23608)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male abdomen, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23608)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male carapace, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---23608)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male abdomen, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07618)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male bulb, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07618)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male embolus, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07618)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male endites, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07618)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male labium, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07618)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male palp, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07618)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male palp, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07618)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male sperm pore, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07618)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, male sternum, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07618)

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            Female (PBI_OON 7588). Total length 1.26. As in male except as noted. CEPHALOTHORAX: Eyes aLE:0.050; PME:0.045; PLE:0.033; PLE-PME separated by less than PME radius. Sternum radial furrows reduced, barely visible.. Endites anteromedian tip unmodified, endites twice as long as wide. Female palp claws absent; spines absent; tarsus unmodified, patella without prolateral row of ridges. ABDOMEN: Pedicel scutal ridges join medially. Postepigastric scutum not fused to epigastric scutum. Postepigastric area setae concavity covered with short setae. LEGS: Leg spines absent. Tarsi I to IV superior claws tooth not examined in detail. Trichobothria not examined.
Opopaea gerstmeieri, female abdomen, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07588)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, female abdomen, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07588)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, female carapace, anterior view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07588)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, female carapace, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07588)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, female carapace, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07588)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, female carapace, prolateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07588)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, female epigynum, epigynal area, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07588)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, female habitus, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07588)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, female habitus, lateral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07588)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, female habitus, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07588)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, female sternum, ventral view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07588)

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Opopaea gerstmeieri, female epigynum, epigynal area, dorsal view (image by BB, specimen ID: ---07647)

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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 00007590  AUSTRALIA  New South Wales    Coleambally Irrigation Area  1 Adult Male      -34.92633; 146.05833    16 Dec 1998  L. Wilkie, S. Priday  AM 
PBI_OON 00007688  AUSTRALIA  New South Wales    Coleambally Irrigation Area  1 Adult Male      -34.93500; 145.77516    14 Dec 1998  L. Wilkie, S. Priday  AM 
PBI_OON 00020198  AUSTRALIA  New South Wales    23.5km N of Mulwala, 'Savernake' Stn  1 Adult Male      -35.77416; 146.02433    01 Jan 1900  D. Freudenberger  AM 
PBI_OON 00007647  AUSTRALIA  New South Wales    Pooginook Wildlife Sanctuary  1 Adult Female      -34.90383; 145.66833    14 Dec 1998  L. Wilkie, S. Priday  AM 
PBI_OON 00007588  AUSTRALIA  New South Wales    Pooginook Wildlife Refuge  1 Adult Female  Allotype    -34.85916; 145.70083    14 Dec 1998  L. Wilkie, S. Priday  AM 
PBI_OON 00007706  AUSTRALIA  New South Wales    Pooglinook Wildlife Refuge  1 Adult Female      -34.87100; 145.68733    14 Dec 1998  L. Wilkie, S. Priday  AM 
PBI_OON 00007618  AUSTRALIA  New South Wales    Pooginook Wildlife Sanctuary  1 Adult Male      -34.85916; 145.70083    14 Dec 1998  L. Wilkie, S. Priday  AM 
PBI_OON 00007588  AUSTRALIA  New South Wales    Pooginook Wildlife Refuge  1 Adult Male      -34.85916; 145.70083    14 Dec 1998  L. Wilkie, S. Priday  AM 
PBI_OON 00007700  AUSTRALIA  New South Wales    Pooglinook Wildlife Refuge  1 Adult Male      -34.90383; 145.66833    14 Dec 1998  L. Wilkie, S. Priday  AM 
PBI_OON 00007597  AUSTRALIA  New South Wales    Pooginook Wildlife Refuge  1 Adult Female      -34.85916; 145.70083    14 Dec 1998  L. Wilkie, S. Priday  AM 
PBI_OON 00007693  AUSTRALIA  New South Wales    Coleambally Irrigation Area  1 Adult Male      -35.00033; 145.82483    14 Dec 1998  L. Wilkie, S. Priday  AM 
PBI_OON 00023608  AUSTRALIA  New South Wales    Girilambone Rd, 5.4km S of Monkey Bridge  1 Adult Male  Holotype    -30.89200; 147.05533  Casuarina, litter  13 Dec 1999  L.Wilkie, R.Harris, T.Moulds  AM 


 
 
 
 
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