Sondra raveni, Wanless

Żabka, Marek, 2002, Salticidae (Arachnida: Araneae) from the Oriental, Australian and Pacific Regions, XV. New Species of Astieae from Australia, Records of the Australian Museum 54, pp. 257-268: 266-267

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Sondra raveni


Sondra brindlei n.sp.

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Type material. HOLOTYPE Australia: New South Wales: 3, Brindle Creek crossing with Brindle Creek Rd, 28°22'S 153°04'E, 4 Feb–9 Apr 1993, M. Gray & G. Cassis, AMS KS37705 GoogleMaps   . PARATYPES Australia: New South Wales: ♀, same data as holotype, AMS KS67502 GoogleMaps   ; 3, 3♀, 1 j, Brindle Creek Road, 10 km E of Antarctic Beech picnic area, 28°22'S 153°05'E, Border Ranges Nation , 1040 m, 4 Feb–9 Apr 1993, MG, GC, AMS KS38105 GoogleMaps   .

Diagnosis. Differs from the closely related species S. raveni Wanless   ( Wanless, 1988) by having a more rectangular posterior part of the tegulum, different tibial apophysis and different cheliceral dentition. The epigyne has a rounded anterior depression and copulatory openings are located more posteriorly.


Male holotype. Eye field dark brown with 2 darker patches, eye surrounding black. Thorax brown with longitudinal orange stripe. Hairs fine, light and brown, rather sparse. Abdomen dark-grey with lighter herring-bone pattern. Median spinnerets yellowish, other dark-grey. Clypeus dark- brown, edged with fine single brown hairs. Chelicerae robust, brown, lighter apically with 2 promarginal and 8 retromarginal teeth (Fig. 11C). Pedipalps orange. Maxillae and labium brownish, lighter apically. Sternum yellowish, turning greyish towards margins. Venter dark-grey with 3 longitudinal rows of light spots. Legs I rather stout, femora smudged brown, further podomeres slightly lighter—all lighter on dorsal and ventral sides, tarsi yellow, tibiae with 3 and metatarsi with 2 pairs of spines. Other legs more delicate, femora smudged grey on sides, lighter dorsally and ventrally, further podomeres with brown and orange bands, tarsi yellowish. Hairs on legs not distinctive, fine, light and brown. Palpal organ (Fig. 11A,B) with large, lobe- like tegular lamella, embolus wide, tibial apophysis hooked. Dimensions: CL 1.99, EFL 0.92, AEW 1.46, PEW 1.35, CW 1.50, AL 1.89.

Female paratype. Cephalothorax lighter than in male: eye field smudged orange, eye surrounding black, fovea region and sides orange, thorax smudged orange-brown with darker radial markings. Abdomen (macerated) similar to that in male. Clypeus orange with 3 distinctive brown bristles. Chelicerae, pedipalps, maxillae, labium and sternum orange, the latter greyish towards margins. Promargin of chelicerae with 4 and retromargin with 8 teeth ( Fig. 11D). Legs I orange, armed as in male. Other legs with orange and greyish bands around podomeres. Epigyne ( Fig. 11E,F) with anterior round depression, insemination ducts wide, thick-walled, with accessory glands, spermathecae oval, fertilisation ducts

short. Dimensions: CL 1.96, EFL 0.92, AEW 1.50, PEW 1.35, CW 1.57, AL 2.32.

Distribution ( Fig. 10). Known only from localities in New South Wales.


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