Artoria strepera, Framenau, Volker W. & Baehr, Barbara C., 2018
Framenau, Volker W. & Baehr, Barbara C., 2018, The wolf spider genus Artoria in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Australia (Araneae, Lycosidae, Artoriinae), Evolutionary Systematics 2 (2), pp. 169-241 : 169
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Holotype male, Currawong (33°36'S, 151°18'E, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA], 2 October 1966, R. Mascord (AM KS127760). Paratypes: 1 male, same data as holotype (AM KS48719).
Other material examined.
Known only from type material.
The specific epithet refers to the scientific genus-group name of the Australian Currawong birds, Strepera Lesson, 1831. Currawong is also the name of the type locality.
Males of A. strepera sp. n. most closely resemble A. bondi sp. n. as both have a small, spoon-shaped tegular apophysis; however, the embolus and terminal apophysis in A. strepera sp. n. are much longer and protruding distinctly apically from the tegulum (Fig. 48F), in contrast to A. bondi sp. n. in which these are inconspicuous (Fig. 47D).
Male (based on holotype AM KS127760; palea AM KS48719).
Total length 3.8.
Prosoma. Length 2.3, width 1.7; carapace light yellow-brown with indistinct dark radial pattern; indistinct and irregular broad lighter central band (Fig. 36E); sternum light brown, slightly dusted dark grey (Fig. 36F).
Eyes (Fig. 2A). Diameter of AME: 0.09; ALE: 0.07; PME: 0.30; PLE: 0.22.
Anterior eye row. Straight, evenly spaced.
Chelicerae. Dark brown.
Labium. Dark brown, with lighter anterior rim (Fig. 36F).
Pedipalp coxae. Dark brown, with lighter anterior rim (Fig. 36F).
Legs. Yellow brown with no annulations; tibiae, metatarsi and tarsi darker (Fig. 36E).
Opisthosoma. Length 1.5, width 1.1; yellow-brown with light yellow-brown anterior cardiac mark and dark grey irregular pattern laterally (Fig. 36E). Venter yellow-brown dusted with grey (Fig. 36F); spinnerets pale.
Pedipalps. Tibia as long as broad; cymbium tip with 4-5 macrosetae (Fig. 36G, H); dorsal scopula patch absent; tegular apophysis rectangular, distally scooped, basally narrowed to 1/2, tip rounded not reaching margin of cymbium (Fig. 36G); palea about as long as wide; basoembolic apophysis about as long as broad, triangular; embolus semicircular; terminal apophysis broad, tip triangular (Fig. 48F).
Life history and habitat preferences.
The habitat preferences of A. strepera sp. n. are unknown. The male types were found in spring (October).
Artoria strepera sp. n. is currently known only from the type locality, Currawong, north of Sydney in the Sydney Basin (SYB) IBRA region (Fig. 37).
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