Abstract

Five new genera of stiphidiid spiders are described from forest habitats in Australia and Papua New Guinea. They include Couranga n.gen. (C. kioloa n.sp., C. diehappy n.sp.), Jamberoo n.gen. (J. johnnoblei n.sp., J. boydensis n.sp., J. actensis n.sp. J. australis n.sp.) and Elleguna n.gen. (E. major n.sp., E. minor n.sp.) from eastern Australia; Karriella n.gen. (K. treenensis n.sp., K. walpolensis n.sp.) from southwestern Australia; Asmea n.gen. from Papua New Guinea (A. akrikensis n.sp., A. hayllari n.sp., A. capella n.sp., A. mullerensis n.sp.). A new subfamily, the Borralinae, characterized by the presence of grate-shaped tapeta in all posterior eyes, is proposed. It includes the 5 genera described here plus Therlinya (Gray & Smith, 2002), Borrala and Pillara (Gray & Smith, 2004). The relationships of these putative stiphidiid genera are briefly discussed and the Kababininae is provisionally referred from the Amphinectidae to the Stiphidiidae. Observations on epigynal mutilation as a post-mating sperm protection mechanism are presented. Differences in visible tapetal structure between borraline spiders and Stiphidion are figured and discussed.

 
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Short Form
Gray and Smith, 2008, Rec. Aust. Mus. 60(1): 13–44
Author
Michael R. Gray; Helen M. Smith
Year
2008
Title
A new subfamily of spiders with grate-shaped tapeta from Australia and Papua New Guinea (Araneae: Stiphidiidae: Borralinae)
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
60
Issue
1
Start Page
13
End Page
44
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.60.2008.1493
Language
English
Date Published
25 June 2008
Cover Date
25 June 2008
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ARACHNIDA; TAXONOMY
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25 June 2008
Available Online
25 June 2008
Reference Number
1493
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