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Scaphiella saba       Get publication



            Female (PBI_OON 332). Total length 1.34. CEPHALOTHORAX: Carapace yellow, without any pattern, ovoid in dorsal view, pars cephalica slightly elevated in lateral view, anteriorly narrowed to between 0.5 and 0.75 times its maximum width, with rounded posterolateral corners, posterolateral edge without pits, posterior margin not bulging below posterior rim, 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, with blunt denticles; plumose setae near posterior margin of pars thoracica absent; non-marginal pars cephalica setae dark, needle-like, present, scattered; non-marginal pars thoracica setae dark, needle-like; marginal setae absent. 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; setae present, dark, needle-like. Chilum absent. Eyes six, well developed, ALE largest, ALE circular, PME circular, PLE oval; posterior eye row procurved from both above and front; ALE separated by less than their radius, ALE-PLE separated by less than ALE radius, PME touching for less than half their length, PLE-PME separated by less than PME radius. Sternum longer than wide, yellow, 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 with continuous transverse groove, posterior margin not extending posteriorly of coxae IV, lateral margin without infra-coxal grooves, distance between coxae approximately equal, extensions of pre-coxal triangles absent, lateral margins unmodified, without posterior hump; setae sparse, dark, needle-like, evenly scattered, originating from surface. Mouthparts: Chelicerae, endites and labium yellow. Chelicerae straight, anterior face unmodified; fangs directed medially, shape normal, without prominent basal process, tip unmodified; setae dark, needle-like, evenly scattered, elaborate black macroseta on their inner face; paturon inner margin with scattered setae, distal region unmodified. Labium triangular, fused to sternum, anterior margin indented at middle; subdistal portion with unmodified setae. Endites distally excavated, anteromedian tip unmodified, posteromedian part unmodified. Female palp claws absent; spines absent; tarsus expanded, patella without prolateral row of ridges, palpal tarsus with black prolateral macrosetae basally and distal patch of setae. ABDOMEN: cylindrical, 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 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 absent. Epigastric scutum strongly sclerotized, surrounding pedicel, not protruding, small lateral sclerites absent, without lateral joints. Postepigastric scutum strongly sclerotized, yellow, long, semicircular, covering nearly full length of abdominal length, fused to epigastric scutum, anterior margin unmodified, without posteriorly directed lateral apodemes, lateral side of postepigastric scutum smooth. Spinneret scutum present, incomplete ring. Dorsum setae present, dark, needle-like. Epigastric area setae uniform, dark, needle-like. Postepigastric area setae present, dark, needle-like. Spinneret scutum with fringe of needle-like setae. Dense patch of setae anterior to spinnerets absent. LEGS: yellow, without color pattern; femur IV not thickened, same size as femora I-III, patella plus tibia I shorter than carapace, tibia IV specialized hairs on ventral apex absent, tibia IV ventral scopula absent, metatarsi III and IV weak ventral scopula absent. Leg spines absent. Tarsi I to IV superior claws tooth not examined in detail. Trichobothria examined with Stereo microscope; tibia: each with three; metatarsus: each with one. GENITALIA: Shape: epigynal atrium triangular, with anterior sclerite narrow and a pair of hook-shape posterior sclerotizations. Dorsal view: lateral apodems short, posteriorly directed.
Scaphiella saba, female abdomen, anterior view (image by ND, specimen ID: ---00332)

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Scaphiella saba, female carapace, anterior view (image by ND, specimen ID: ---00332)

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Scaphiella saba, female carapace, dorsal view (image by ND, specimen ID: ---00332)

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Scaphiella saba, female carapace, lateral view (image by ND, specimen ID: ---00332)

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Scaphiella saba, female epigynum, epigynal area, ventral view (image by ND, specimen ID: ---00332)

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Scaphiella saba, female habitus, dorsal view (image by ND, specimen ID: ---00332)

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Scaphiella saba, female habitus, lateral view (image by ND, specimen ID: ---00332)

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Scaphiella saba, female habitus, ventral view (image by ND, specimen ID: ---00332)

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Scaphiella saba, female internal female genitalia, dorsal view (image by ND, specimen ID: ---00332)

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Scaphiella saba, female internal female genitalia, ventral view (image by ND, specimen ID: ---00332)

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DISTRIBUTION

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
Scaphiella saba 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
PBI_OON 00000332  NETHERLANDS ANTILLES      Saba Island, trail to Spring Bay, ca. 2 km in  1 Adult Female  Holotype  191  17.63300; -63.22400  shrubs  10 Mar 2008  J. Slowik  UAM 


 
 
 
 
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