Habronestes giganteus, Baehr, 2003

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: 360-361

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http://doi.org/ 10.3853/j.0067-1975.55.2003.1389

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Habronestes giganteus


Habronestes giganteus   n.sp.

Figs. 58, 96, 97, 106, 140

Type material. HOLOTYPE 3: NSW, Round Hill, Euabalong, 32°58'S 146°9'E, 15.v.1969, in gum litter, running by day (dull damp), M. R. Gray, AM KS50265 GoogleMaps   . PARATYPES same data as holotype: 13 AM KS50264 GoogleMaps   ; 13 as previous but coll. 13.v.1972, AM KS50257   .

Diagnosis. Eyes in circular group around AME; AME smallest, other eyes subequal. Carapace orange brown. Abdomen with 2 pairs of white patches on anterior part and 3 patches in front of spinnerets. Big palp, cymbium extremely bent, RCF reaches over tip, similar to H. longiconductor   but differs by shape of LTA.

Description. Male (holotype). Total length 6.84; carapace 3.68 long, 2.84 wide; 1.64 high, cl/cw 1.29; sternum 1.76 long, 1.56 wide, sl/sw 1.13.Abdomen 3.16 long, 3.28 wide. Colour. Carapace orange brown with dark fovea and dark bifurcate patches in front; sternum orange brown; chelicerae reddish brown; maxillae and labium medium brown, distally white. Abdomen sepia brown with 2 pairs of white patches on anterior part and 3 patches in front of spinnerets; laterally with 2 long white patches equal in length; ventrally with 1 longitudinal white stripe from epigastric fold to near tracheal spiracle. Legs orange brown; clearly annulated; legs I–IV with white coxa, proximal and prolateral sepia brown, sepia brown trochanter, sepia brown femur; femur IV additionally at proximal 1 3 with a white ring. Eyes. In circular group around AME. AME smallest, other eyes subequal. AME 0.10; ALE 0.24; PME 0.18; PLE 0.26; AME–AME 0.10; AME–ALE 0.10; ALE–PLE 0.08; PME–PME 0.16; PME–PLE 0.10. MOQ: AME–PME 0.54;AME–AME 0.3; PME–PME 0.52. Clypeus & chilum. Clypeus 0.8 high; chilum divided. Legs. Length formula 4123; femora I, II with 1 row and femora III, IV with 2 rows of long, thin setae ventrally Male palp ( Figs. 96, 97, 106). RCF deep, running the entire cymbium length; from lateral view cymbium extremely bent with weak dorsal scopula and 4 strong spines apically. LTA with long, vertical stalk and irregular, horizontal plate ( Fig. 106); DTA with a thin stalk; VTA long, with sharp tip. Tibiae short, DTiA as long as VTiA ( Fig. 97).

Female. Unknown.

Distribution. Known only from type locality in western New South Wales ( Fig. 140).

Etymology. Species name refers to the extremely large palps of the species.

jocquei   n.sp.; (70, 71) Habronestes bradleyi (Pickard-Cambridge)   ; (72, 73) Habronestes hunti   n.sp. Scales 0.5 mm.


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