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Ponsoonops lavega       Get publication



            Male (PBI_OON_0049416). Total length 1.20. CEPHALOTHORAX: Carapace pale orange, 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, posterolateral surface without spikes, surface of elevated portion of pars cephalica finely reticulate, sides finely reticulate, thorax without depressions, fovea absent, moderately hexagonal (somewhat different to the other species, more oval), without radiating rows of pits; lateral margin undulate, rebordered, without denticles; plumose setae near posterior margin of pars thoracica absent; non-marginal pars cephalica setae needle-like, present, scattered; non-marginal pars thoracica setae needle-like; marginal setae 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, needle-like. Chilum absent. Eyes six, reduced, tiny, all subequal, all eyes oval; posterior eye row procurved from both above and 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 PME radius to PME diameter. Sternum longer than wide, yellow, uniform, not 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 present, lateral margins unmodified, without posterior hump; setae sparse, needle-like, evenly scattered, originating from surface, without hair tufts. Mouthparts: Chelicerae, endites and labium yellow. Chelicerae slightly divergent, anterior face unmodified; fangs without tooth-like projections, directed medially, shape normal, without prominent basal process, tip unmodified; setae needle-like, evenly scattered; paturon inner margin with pairs of enlarged setae, distal region abruptly narrowed, posterior surface unmodified, inner margin unmodified, laminate groove absent. Labium rectangular, 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, same as sternum in sclerotization, endites anteromedian tip with simple stronger sclerotized protrusion and a less sclerotized median part, posteromedian part with very broad triangular projection with distal setae. 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 not connected by groove. Pedicel tube short, 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 weakly sclerotized, pale orange, without color pattern, covering about 1/2 of abdomen, between 1/4 and 1/2 abdomen width, fused to epigastric scutum, middle surface smooth, sides smooth, anterior half without projecting denticles, narrow rectangular. Epigastric scutum weakly sclerotized, surrounding pedicel, not protruding, small lateral sclerites absent. Postepigastric scutum weakly sclerotized, pale orange, short, almost rectangular, covering about 1/3 of the abdominal length, not fused to epigastric scutum, anterior margin unmodified, without posteriorly directed lateral apodemes, seems not to be fused. Spinneret scutum present, incomplete ring, divided into 2 platelets. Dorsum setae present, needle-like. Epigastric area setae uniform, needle-like. Postepigastric area setae present, needle-like. Spinneret scutum without fringe of setae. Dense patch of setae anterior to spinnerets absent. Interscutal membrane with setae. Colulus present, small plate with 2 setae. Spinnerets: ALS: not examined; PMS: not examined; PLS: not examined. LEGS: pale orange, 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, tibiae emerit's glands not examined, metatarsi metatarsi I and II distoventrally with patch of short setae, tarsi pairs of special setae with distinct flattened clawlike apexes present on tarsi III, IV. Leg spination (only surfaces bearing spines listed, all spines longer than segment width): femora: I p0-1-1; II p0-0-1; tibiae: I v4-2-2; II v4-2-1p; IV p1-1-0; v1-0-2; r1-1-0; metatarsi: I, II v2-2-2; IV p1-1-0; r1-1-0. 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 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, prolateral excavation absent, broad tube-like elongated, longitudinally moderately folded, distally bent, tip broadly rounded; 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, narrow in dorsal view, not fused with bulb, not extending beyond distal tip of bulb, plumose setae absent, without stout setae, without distal patch of setae, cymbial cone not examined; bulb white, 1 to 1.5 times as long as cymbium, stout, tapering apically, distal part conductor originates well separated from embolus base, narrow band-like elongated, distal part moderately curved ventroprolaterad, tip sharply pointed, shorter than embolus.
Ponsoonops lavega, male abdomen, anterior view (image by AO, specimen ID: ---49416)

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Ponsoonops lavega, male abdomen, dorsal view (image by AO, specimen ID: ---49416)

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Ponsoonops lavega, male abdomen, lateral view (image by AO, specimen ID: ---49416)

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Ponsoonops lavega, male abdomen, ventral view (image by AO, specimen ID: ---49416)

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Ponsoonops lavega, male carapace, anterior view (image by AO, specimen ID: ---49416)

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Ponsoonops lavega, male carapace, dorsal view (image by AO, specimen ID: ---49416)

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Ponsoonops lavega, male endites, ventral view (image by AO, specimen ID: ---49416)

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Ponsoonops lavega, male habitus, dorsal view (image by AO, specimen ID: ---49416)

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Ponsoonops lavega, male palp, dorsal view (image by AO, specimen ID: ---49416)

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Ponsoonops lavega, male palp, prolateral view (image by AO, specimen ID: ---49416)

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Ponsoonops lavega, male palp, retrolateral view (image by AO, specimen ID: ---49416)

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Ponsoonops lavega, male sternum, ventral view (image by AO, specimen ID: ---49416)

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Ponsoonops lavega, male bulb, prolateral view (image by AO, specimen ID: ---49416)

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Ponsoonops lavega, male bulb, ventral view (image by AO, specimen ID: ---49416)

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DISTRIBUTION

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
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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 00049416  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  La Vega    Parque Nacional Jose Armando Bermudez, nr. Conception de La Vega  1 Adult Male  Holotype  1124  19.06727; -70.86353  litter  01 May 2010  N. Platnick, A. Perez-Gonzalez  AMNH 


 
 
 
 
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