Poltys frenchi, Hogg. Five, 2006

Smith, H. M., 2006, A Revision of the Genus Poltys in Australasia (Araneae: Araneidae), Records of the Australian Museum 58, pp. 43-96: 69

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2201-4349

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scientific name

Poltys frenchi
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The P. frenchi   species group

Morphologically, these species appear to be the link between the P. illepidus   -group and the P. laciniosus   -group. There are usually four prolateral cheliceral teeth (LsLs) in P. frenchi   , but this is often reduced to three (LLs) in P. timmeh   n.sp. Specimens of P. frenchi   are variable in build. Heavier bodied females look rather like P. illepidus   -group animals, especially when the abdomen is swollen with eggs, but lightly built specimens are much more slender, more like the P. laciniosus   -group. There is also a similar range of variation in abdominal shapes as in the P. laciniosus   -group. Males are extremely lightly built, even more so than P. laciniosus   -group species. The genitalia also show some intermediate characters: like the P. illepidus   -group, the male palp has a distinct TA, but the embolus arises retrobasally, as in P. laciniosus   -group species ( Fig. 29); the PM is also well developed, although quite different in form to either group ( Fig. 125). In females, the spade-shaped epigyne is intermediate in shape and there appears to be a distinct, although short and narrow, copulatory duct that is formed similarly to that in the P. laciniosus   -group ( Fig. 30). No modification of patellal macrosetae has been noted.

Only two species are currently recognized, P. frenchi   , which occurs from Australia to the southern Indonesian islands and P. timmeh   , from New Caledonia and nearby islands. A single examined female from the highlands of West Papua (RMNH), if not teratogenic, may also be in the P. frenchi   -group but its rather unique epigyne is difficult to place at present.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Arachnida

Order

Araneae

Family

Araneidae

Genus

Poltys