Therlinya vexillum, 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 : 306-307

publication ID 10.3853/j.0067-1975.54.2002.1368

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Therlinya vexillum


Therlinya vexillum n.sp. Figs. 11a–f, 12

Type material. AUSTRALIA: QUEENSLAND —H OLOTYPE: Ƌ, KS34817 ( AMS), Mount Glorious , 27°20'S 152°46'E 18 Nov. 1974, M GoogleMaps . R. Gray, rainforest. PARATYPES: 2♀♀, KS58200, KS34818, data as for holotype; Ƌ GoogleMaps , QM S42315 View Materials , Enoggera Reservoir , 27°27'S 152°55'E, 16 Oct.–4 Nov GoogleMaps .

1999, C.J. Burwell, 100 m, rainforest, site 3, malaise trap; 2♀♀, QM S42317 View Materials , Mt Glorious NP, 6 Jan. 1977, B.J. & M.J. Marples, R. Raven , V. E. Davies; 2ƋƋ, 2♀♀, QM S42319 View Materials Booloumba Ck, Conondale Range, c. 26°39'S 152°39'E, 13–18 Apr. 1976, R. Raven GoogleMaps .

Other material. AUSTRALIA: QUEENSLAND Ƌ KS69688, Brisbane Forest Park, 27°25'04"S 152°49'48"E, 23–28 Nov.1997 GoogleMaps , N. Power, malaise trap; Ƌ KS69484, Brisbane Forest Park, 27°25'05"S 152°50'13"E, 30 Mar.–4 Apr. 1998 GoogleMaps , N. Power , malaise trap, creek ; ♀, QM S42318 View Materials , Mt Glorious , 15 Feb.–25 Mar. 1983 , A. Hiller , malaise trap; Ƌ , QM S42316 View Materials , Brookfield, 27°30'S 152°55'E, 9 Nov. 1975 – 27 Feb. 1976 GoogleMaps , G.B. & S. R. Monteith , 110 m, pitfall trap .

Diagnosis. CL 2.78–4.00. Separated from all species by very strong reflexion of the distal conductor; and by the combination of the relatively broad width across the

ventral; d, lateral; e, posterior; f, dorsal—internal genitalia. Scale line 0.5 mm.

epigynal fossae compared to width of distal scape, and lobed appearance of the scape in posterior view.

Male (holotype). BL 5.75, CL 2.91 (2.91–3.92), CW 2.07, CapW 1.24, EGW 0.83, LL 0.45, LW 0.43, SL 1.45, SW 1.24. Legs: 1243 (I 13.89, II 12.29, III 9.56, IV 12.04); ratio tibia I length:CW = 1:0.59. Male palp: Fig. 11a,b View Figure 11 . Cymbium with moderately developed retrolateral flange. Bulb longer than wide with the tegular lobe placed retrolaterally. Embolus origin retrolateral. Stem of T-shaped conductor probasally directed; anterior limb long, strongly expanded distally and fully reflexed; posterior limb placed probasally; tegular window placed retrobasally. RTA dorsad, largely visible in ventral view; RVTA relatively slender towards apex.

Female (KS58200). BL 6.84, CL 3.02 (2.78–4.00), CW 1.98, CapW 1.42, EGW 0.88, LL 0.49, LW 0.45, SL 1.46, SW 1.21. Standard colour pattern. Legs: 1423 (I 11.02, II 9.13, III 7.49, IV 9.40); ratio tibia I length:CW = 1:0.72. Epigynum: Fig.11c–e View Figure 11 . Scape relatively long, mostly placed behind epigastric groove; sides weakly concave to parallel; end of scape truncate or slightly indented, and lobate in posterior view; ratio of width across anterior ends of epigynal fossae to scape width at narrowest point> 2.5:1; in side view distoventral scape weakly protuberant; epigynal fossae vertical. Internal genitalia: Fig. 11f View Figure 11 .

Variation. Specimens from the Conondale Ranges are larger and the reflexed end of the conductor is broader than in other specimens.

Distribution. The Brisbane area of southeast Queensland and northwards to the Conondale Ranges.

Etymology. The specific name refers to the extended, reflexed tip of the conductor in the male palpus and means “banner” or “flag” (L.).


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