Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Pensoft Publishers

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Natural Sciences

RAS ID

19209

Comments

This article was originally published as: Miglio, L., Harms, D., Framenau, V., & Harvey, M. (2014). Four new Mouse Spider species (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Actinopodidae, Missulena) from Western Australia. Zookeys, 410. pp. 121-148. doi:10.3897/zookeys.410.7156. Original article available here

Abstract

Four new species of the Mouse Spider genus Missulena Walckenaer, 1805 (family Actinopodidae) are described from Western Australia based on morphological features of adult males. Missulena leniae sp. n. (from the Carnarvon and Yalgoo biogeographic regions), Missulena mainae sp. n. (Carnarvon), Missulena melissae sp. n. (Pilbara) and Missulena pinguipes sp. n. (Mallee) represent a broad spectrum of morphological diversity found in this genus and differ from other congeners by details of the male copulatory bulb, colour patterns, eye sizes, leg morphology and leg spination. Two of the species, M. pinguipes sp. n. and M. mainae sp. n., are characterised by swollen metatarsi of the fourth legs in males, a feature not previously recorded in the family. A key to males of all named Missulena species from Australia is presented and allows their identification based on external morphology.

DOI

10.3897/zookeys.410.7156

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