Habronestes bradleyi ( Pickard-Cambridge, 1869 )

Baehr, Barbara, 2003, Revision of the Australian Spider Genus Habronestes (Araneae: Zodariidae). Species of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Records of the Australian Museum 55 (3), pp. 343-376 : 359

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Habronestes bradleyi ( Pickard-Cambridge, 1869 )


Habronestes bradleyi ( Pickard-Cambridge, 1869)

Figs. 1, 2, 51, 52, 70, 71, 98, 113, 114, 140

Storena bradleyi Pickard-Cambridge, 1869: 56 , pl. 4, fig. 12–20 (description male); Kritscher, 1956: 246 (description female).

Habronestes bradleyi .–L. Koch, 1872: 305 (description male); Jocqué, 1995: 143, figs. 2a,b (description male).

New Material examined. NSW: 1♀ Taleeban Woodland , 33°57'42"S 146°26'52"E, 23–27.ii.1999, DD, QM S50865 View Materials GoogleMaps ; 1 ♀, QM S50912 View Materials ; 13 Bungonia Caves area near Information Centre, 34°48'2"S 150°0'57"E, xi.1989, on surface, Oct–Nov 1989, G. Hunt, AM KS22566 GoogleMaps ; 1933 Mt Lambie , 33°27'S 149°59'E, 13.xi.1988, road verge, G.S. Hunt, AM KS29940 GoogleMaps ; 13 Rivatts Creek , Springwood, 33°38'S 150°40'E, 24.ii.1968, A. Speechley, AM KS15627 GoogleMaps ; 1♀ Currawong , 34°28'S 148°22'E, 25.ix.1966, AM KS15678 GoogleMaps ; 2♀♀ 13 2.x.1966, plus ant prey, AM KS15682 ; 4♀♀ 233 Enfield , 33°53'S 151°6'E, 22.ix.1904, E.P. Ramsay, AM KS15548 GoogleMaps ; 1♀ Goulburn , 34°45'S 149°43'E, 26.x.1898, J.A. Thorpe, AM KS15550 GoogleMaps ; 1♀ Karuah SF, 0.1 km W along Hobart Forest Rd from Foleys Rd, 32°35'12"S 151°55'14"E, 4.ii–9.iv.1993, G/C, AM KS39431 GoogleMaps .

Remarks. Jocqué (1995) identified the material from the AM as H. bradleyi (AM KS20238) and H. grimwadei (AM KS29940, AM KS22566) and presented palpal drawings of both. Re-examination of the specimens did not reveal any differences in palp and body structure, which was confirmed by M. Gray and M. Zabka (pers. comm.). In contrast the holotype male from WA (40 mi W of Eucla, 30.8.1947, R.T.M.P. (Grimwade Exped.). (NVM K-113) (examined) and paratype: 1♀ (NVM K-114) (examined) described from Dunn as Storena grimwadei Dunn, 1951: 11 , figs. 1–4 (descriptions male and female) is a different species. Hence, the specimens of AM KS29940, AM KS22566 are identified as H. bradleyi .

Diagnosis. Carapace orange, blue iridescent. Eyes in 2 rows, both rows procurved, PME and PLE largest. Abdomen with 2 pairs of white patches on anterior part, the first small, the second long and 1 long white stripe in front of spinnerets. Tibia I with 2 rows of feathery spines proventrally. LTA with a long broad horizontal stalk and bilateral wings retrolaterally, which is similar to H. grayi n.sp.

Description. Male. Total length 4.52; carapace 2.32 long, 1.88 wide; 1.00 high; cl/cw 1.23; sternum 1.04 long, 1.00 wide; sl/sw 1.04. Abdomen 2.2 long, 1.64 wide. Colour. Carapace orange, blue, iridescent with dark fovea and dark bifurcate patches in front; sternum orange brown, iridescent; chelicerae yellow orange; maxillae and labium yellowish orange, distally white. Abdomen sepia brown, blue iridescent with 2 pairs of white patches on anterior part, first small, second long and 1 long, white stripe in front of spinnerets; laterally with 1 long, horizontal white stripe reaching front. Legs yellow, iridescent; with indistinct colour pattern; legs I–IV with pale coxa, prolateral suture brownish, medium brown trochanter, medium brown femur; with darker brown lateral stripes on patella and tibia. Eyes. In 2 rows each with 4 eyes, both rows procurved. PME largest and PLE largest. Eye group width 0.45 of headwidth; AME 0.08; ALE 0.08; PME 0.12; PLE 0.12; AME–AME 0.06; AME–ALE 0.06; ALE–PLE 0.06; PME–PME 0.10; PME–PLE 0.10. MOQ:AME–PME 0.40; AME–AME 0.22; PME–PME 0.34. Clypeus & chilum. clypeus 0.56 high; chilum undivided, short. Legs. Length formula 4312; femora I–II with 1 row, femora III–IV with 2 rows of long, thin setae ventrally; tibia and metatarsus I with 2 rows of short, feathery spines proventrally ( Fig. 52); Male palp ( Figs. 1, 2, 70, 71, 98). RCF deep, almost running the entire cymbium length, with 3 strong spines apically; tegulum: LTA with a long broad horizontal stalk and bilateral wings retrolaterally; DTA with a thin stalk ( Fig. 1); VTA with sharp tip. Tibiae short; VTiA ( Fig. 71).

Female (QM S50865 View Materials ). Total length 5.50; carapace 2.66 long, 2.08 wide; 1.12 high; cl/cw 1.28; sternum 1.20 long, 1.12 wide; sl/sw 1.07. Abdomen 2.83 long, 2.50 wide. Colour. Same as male. Eyes. As in male. Eye group width 0.49 of headwidth; AME 0.10; ALE 0.10; PME 0.14; PLE 0.14; AME–AME 0.04; AME–ALE 0.08; ALE–PLE 0.08; PME–PME 0.12; PME–PLE 0.12. MOQ: AME–PME 0.40; AME–AME 0.24; PME–PME 0.40. Clypeus 0.8 high. Legs. Same as male except tibia and metatarsus I without feathery spines. Epigyne. With oval to semicircular opening. Vulva with long, spiralled copulatory ducts ending in spermathecae with parallel axis ( Figs. 113, 114).

Distribution. New South Wales ( Fig. 140), Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland.


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Habronestes bradleyi ( Pickard-Cambridge, 1869 )

Baehr, Barbara 2003

Habronestes bradleyi

Jocque, R 1995: 143
Koch, L 1872: 305

Storena bradleyi

Kritscher, E 1956: 246
Pickard-Cambridge, O 1869: 56
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