Voriax popeye, Kury, 2014

Kury, Adriano B., 2014, Why does the Tricommatinae position bounce so much within Laniatores? A cladistic analysis, with description of a new family of Gonyleptoidea (Opiliones, Laniatores), Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 172 (1), pp. 1-48 : 19-20

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Voriax popeye

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Etymology: Popeye the sailor is a cartoon fictional character created by Elzie Crisler Segar, and whose most distinctive feature are his massive forearms. Noun in apposition.

Type data: ♂ holotype, 15 ♂ 49 ♀ [2 ♂ mounted on stubs for scanning electron microscopy ( SEM)] Porto Seguro : Arraial d’Ajuda, Fazenda do Sr. Valter: 16°32′18.24″S, 39°8′35.52″W, A. Kury et al. leg GoogleMaps .

Description, male holotype: Dorsum. Carapace subrectangular, posterior border penetrating strongly into abdominal scutum ( Fig. 12A View Figure 12 ). Abdominal scutum without meaningful constrictions, steadily widening posteriorly. Tegument deeply wrinkled, grooves very deep, especially the scutal groove, separating carapace from abdominal scutum ( Fig. 12B View Figure 12 ). Ocularium narrow and high, ending in a sturdy, short spine. Frontal hump strongly projected into a point ( Fig. 12C, D View Figure 12 ). Ozopore with two openings ( Fig. 13B View Figure 13 ). Mesotergum divided into four areas, with straight grooves. Areas II to V with a pair of paramedian low, blunt tubercles. Anal opercle densely covered with stout setiferous tubercles ( Fig. 12E View Figure 12 ). Venter. Stigmatic area short. Stigmata small, partly sunken ( Fig. 13A View Figure 13 ). Coxae I−IV covered with large, rounded tubercles similar to those of anal opercle. Free sternites with one transverse row of small, setiferous tubercles each ( Fig. 12E View Figure 12 ). Chelicera. Monomorphic, weakly developed, basichelicerite short, bulla with posterior apophysis ( Fig. 12B View Figure 12 ). Pedipalpus. Without remarkable features, without elongate or incrassate articles. Ordinary spines on tibia and tarsus ( Fig. 13C View Figure 13 ). Tibia ventromesal IiIi, ventro-ectal Iii. Tarsus both sides IiIi. Some mesal spines of tibia and tarsus have unusually strongly swollen bases ( Fig. 13C, D View Figure 13 ). Legs. Legs I, II, and IV relatively short and unarmed, with femora gently sinuous ( Fig. 12A View Figure 12 ). Leg III with femur, tibia immensely swollen. Femur with only a few ventral rows of small granules. Tibia and metatarsus armed with robust setiferous tubercles ( Fig. 13E View Figure 13 ). Coxa IV armed with robust prodorso-apical acuminate apophysis. Trochanter IV armed with prodorsal conic apophysis. Tarsal claws III−IV without tarsal process ( Fig. 13F View Figure 13 ). Tarsal counts: 4(3)/ 5(3)/5/6. Genitalia ( Fig. 17A–D View Figure 17 ). Ventral plate very flat, subrectangular with rounded sides and basal half wider ( Fig. 17A, B View Figure 17 ). Ventral surface of ventral plate with rows of microsetae present only on the laterals. Macrosetae A1−A2 short, robust, and somewhat spatulate, B1 minuscule, a little more ventral. D very small, lateral, mid-way between A and C. E1−E2 minuscule on the flange. Stylus C-shaped, without any process or ornament, atop a short glans. Podium overlapping ventral plate in lateral view, occupying half of its width in dorsal view. Colour. Appendage background 67 Brilliant Orange Yellow densely honeycombed with a darker tone, especially on legs I, II, and IV. Scutum background 69 Deep Orange Yellow with darker mottling of 38 Dark Reddish Orange, especially on the scutal areas.













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