Habronestes minor, 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: 368-369

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



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Habronestes minor


Habronestes minor   n.sp.

Figs. 62, 84, 85, 103, 127, 128, 141

Type material. HOLOTYPE 3: NSW, Booti Booti NP, 32°16'15"S 152°31'42"E, 9.x.1997, L. Wilkie, AM KS55916 GoogleMaps   . PARATYPES: NSW: 13 Booti Booti NP, 32°16'15"S 152°31'42"E, 13.xii.1996, L. Wilkie, AM KS56175 GoogleMaps   ; 233 as previous, AM KS56098   and AM KS56099   ; 1♀ as previous, 13.xii.1996, AM KS56100   ; 333 as previous in AM: KS56101, KS56102, KS56103   ; 13 as previous, 9.x.1997, AM KS56097   ; 13 Booti Booti NP, 32°16'47"S 152°31'28"E, 13.xi.1996, L.Wilkie, AM KS56092 GoogleMaps   ; 4 in AM as previous: 1♀ KS56093, 13 KS56095, 2♀ coll. 13.xii.1996, KS56094 and KS56096; 233 in AM   , 700 m E of Wallaces Gap , Bendoura SF, 35°34'37"S 149°41'16"E, 16.iii.1999, J. Tarnawski & S. Lassau, KS55875 and KS55873; 13 North Head Rd, Murramarang NP, 35°42'25"S 150°16'30"E, 17.iii.1999, L. Wilkie, R GoogleMaps   . Harris & H. Smith, AM KS55874   .

Diagnosis. Eyes in 2 rows, both rows procurved, AME smallest, other eyes subequal. One of the 3 smallest species, with 2 pairs of white patches on anterior part of abdomen and 1 or 2 patches in front of spinnerets, differs from H. piccolo   and H. wilkiei   by shape of tibial apophysis, cymbium extremely bent, RCF nearly reaches tip.

Description. Male (holotype). Total length 3.28; carapace 1.68 long, 1.28 wide; 0.64 high; cl/cw 1.31; sternum 0.80 long, 0.76 wide; sl/sw 1.05. Abdomen 2.08 long, 1.52 wide. Colour. Carapace, sternum sepia brown, iridescent; chelicerae medium brown; maxillae and labium pale brown, distally white. Abdomen sepia brown with 2 pairs of white patches on anterior part and 1 or 2 patches in front of spinnerets; laterally with 2 stripes equal in length; ventrally pink brown. Legs pale brown; clearly annulated; legs I–IV white coxa, medium brown trochanter, proximal margin of femora sepia brown, proximal ½ white and distal ½ sepia brown, darker brown lateral stripes on patella and tibia. Eyes. In 2 rows each with 4 eyes, both rows procurved. AME smallest, other eyes equal. Eye group width 0.57 of headwidth; AME 0.07; ALE 0.08; PME 0.08; PLE 0.08; AME–AME 0.02; AME–ALE 0.02; ALE–PLE 0.02; PME– PME 0.04; PME–PLE 0.06. MOQ:AME–PME 0.24; AME– AME 0.16; PME–PME 0.20. Clypeus & chilum. Clypeus 0.28 high; chilum undivided, short. Legs. Length formula 4123; femora I, II with 1 row, III, IV with 2 rows of long thin setae ventrally. Male palp ( Figs. 84, 85, 103). RCF deep, reaching tip of cymbium. LTA with a thick short vertical stalk and irregular horizontal plate, birdhead shape retrolaterally; DTA, with long, thin stalk; VTA long, with sharp tip. Tibiae short, a small hook between; DTiA with sharp tip, as long as tibia; VTiA ( Fig. 85).

Female (paratype AM KS56094). Total length 3.76; carapace 1.68 long, 1.04 wide; 0.76 high; cl/cw 1.61; sternum 0.72 long, 0.68 wide; sl/sw 1.05.Abdomen 1.60 long, 1.08 wide. Colour. Same as male. Eyes. Eye group width 0.57 of headwidth; AME 0.08;ALE 0.10; PME 0.10; PLE 0.10;AME–AME 0.02; AME–ALE 0.02; ALE–PLE 0.02; PME–PME 0. 04; PME– PLE 0.06. MOQ: AME–PME 0.22; AME–AME 0.18; PME–PME 0.24. Clypeus 0.36 high. Epigyne ( Figs. 125, 126). With triangular scape. Vulva with long, spiralled copulatory ducts ending in large spermathecae.

Distribution. Coastal New South Wales ( Fig. 141).

Etymology. Species name refers to the small size of the species (Latin, minor   = small).


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