Therlinya wiangaree, Gray & Smith, 2002

Gray, Michael R. & Smith, Helen M., 2002, Therlinya, a new genus of spiders from eastern Australia (Araneae: Amaurobioidea), Records of the Australian Museum 54 (3), pp. 293-293 : 304-305

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Therlinya wiangaree


Therlinya wiangaree n.sp.

Figs. 9a–f View Figure 9 , 12 View Figure 12

Type material. AUSTRALIA: NEW SOUTH WALES HOLOTYPE: Ƌ, KS34826 ( AMS), Wiangaree SF, 28°23'S 153°06'E, 16 Oct. 1974, M. R. Gray GoogleMaps . PARATYPES: 2♀♀, KS58449, KS34827, 5♀♀, KS34825; data as for holotype GoogleMaps ; ♀, KS35944, Border Ranges NP, Tweed Range Rd , 500 m N of Sheepstation Creek track, 28°24'51"S 153°01'39"E, 18 Feb. 1993, M. R. Gray & G. Cassis, pit trap GoogleMaps ; ♀, QM S42314 View Materials , Richmond Range , 18 Apr. 1976, R. Raven. AUSTRALIA: QUEENSLAND —1 Ƌ , 1♀, QM S42303 View Materials , Binna Burra , 28°12'S 153°12'E, 7 Jan. 1977, B.J. & M. Marples, V. E. Davies; ƋƋ GoogleMaps , ♀♀, QM S42302 View Materials , Lamington National Park, 28°14'S 153°08'E, 20–30 Mar. 1975, R. Raven, sheet web, spider runs on ventral surface into tube going into bank beside path; Ƌ, QM S42307 View Materials , Springbrook , north end, 28°12'S 153°16'E, 30 Aug–31 Oct. 1997, G. Monteith, open forest, 550 m, pitfall trap GoogleMaps .

Other material. AUSTRALIA: QUEENSLAND —1 Ƌ, 3♀♀, QM S42301 View Materials , Binna Burra , 28°12'S 153°12'E, 30 Mar. 1976, R. Raven, V.E. Davies, sheet web GoogleMaps ; ♀, QM S42305 View Materials , Binna Burra , 13 Mar. 1997, Monteith & Russell, rainforest, 800 m, sieved leaf litter ; ♀, QM S42309 View Materials , O’Reilly’s, Lamington National Park , 28°14'S 153°08'E, 15 Nov. 1977, E. Dahms, V. E. Davies & R. Raven, sheet webs GoogleMaps ; ♀, QM S42304 View Materials , Lamington , 28°15'S 152°58'E, 13 Apr. 1974, R. Raven, in sheet web with ventral retreat GoogleMaps ; ♀♀, QM S42310 View Materials , Lamington NP, 9 Jul. 1977, R Raven, sheet web ; ♀, QM S42312 View Materials , Lamington , 22 Jun. 1974, R. Raven, on under side of sheet web, back to funnel under bank ; ♀, S42306 View Materials , O’Reilly’s, Lamington NP, 25–6 Sep. 1986, J. Gallon, R. J. Raven ; ♀♀, QM S42311 View Materials , Nagarigoon , 28°11'S 153°11'E, 1 Apr. 1976, V.E. Davies, sheet web with retreat to bank GoogleMaps ; ♀, QM S42313 View Materials , Witches Falls, Mt Tamborine , 27°55'S 153°10'E, 3 May 1981, V. E. Davies, sheet web under rock GoogleMaps .

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ventral; d, lateral; e, posterior; f, dorsal—internal genitalia. Scale lines 0.5 mm: vertical, a,b; horizontal, c–f.

Diagnosis. CL 2.78–3.80. Separated from all species by the combination of relatively narrow width across the anterior fossae compared to width of distal scape, and rounded appearance of scape end in posterior view; from all species except T. ballata and T. vexillum by the retrobasal position of the tegular window; and from these species by the lack of a marked reflexion of the distal conductor.

Male (holotype). BL 6.86, CL 3.31 (2.78–3.39), CW 2.24, CapW 1.43, EGW 0.96, LL 0.51, LW 0.43, SL 1.55, SW 1.39. Legs: 1243 (I 15.18, II 13.27, III 10.78, IV 13.22); ratio tibia I length:CW = 1:0.58. Male palp: Fig. 9a,b View Figure 9 . Cymbium with moderately developed retrolateral flange. Bulb longer than wide with tegular lobe placed retrolaterally. Embolus origin retrolateral. Stem of T-shaped conductor probasally directed; anterior limb long, apically relatively narrow with slight reflexion only; posterior limb placed basally; tegular window small, placed retrolaterally. RTA dorsad, largely visible in ventral view; RVTA relatively slender.

Female (KS58449). BL 7.55, CL 3.47 (3.47–3.80), CW 2.24, CapW 1.67, EGW 1.00, LL 0.51, LW 0.49, SL 1.57, SW 1.41. Standard colour pattern. Legs: 1423 (I 12.12, II 10.08, III 8.41, IV 10.37); ratio tibia I length:CW = 1:0.72. Epigynum: Fig. 9c–e View Figure 9 . Scape of medium length, mostly placed behind epigastric groove; ratio width across anterior fossae to scape width at narrowest <2.5:1; sides of scape slightly to deeply concave; end of scape truncate to convex; rounded and sometimes bulbous in posterior view; distoventral scape protuberant in side view; epigynal fossae vertical. Internal genitalia: Fig. 9f View Figure 9 .

Distribution. Border Ranges area of northeastern New South Wales and southeastern Queensland.

Variation. Epigynal scapes vary from the example figured with highly concave sides ( Fig. 9c View Figure 9 ) to a shape very similar to T. vexillum ( Fig. 11c View Figure 11 ). The combination of characters given in the diagnosis will suffice to separate these species.

Etymology. The specific name is taken from the type locality which is an Aboriginal word meaning “a pine ridge”.


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