Abstract

[excerpt from p. 106] It will be seen, therefore, that of the twenty-five species obtained, fifteen would appear to be new to science. The most numerously represented family in the collection is that of the Epeiridae (known to the natives by the name of "Marakau"), of which two species proved to be known, and ten appear to be new. Of the former Epeira mangareva, Walck., has a very wide distribution, extending from the Celebes to New Guinea, and from there to the Island of Mangareva, in the Paumotu or Low Archipelago; the other, E. plebeja, L. Koch, was previously recorded Ly L. Koch from Ovalau and Tonga. One of the principal features that strikes a student upon examining a collection of Island (female) Epeiridae, is the close resemblance the different species bear to one another in shape and contour of the epigynum. In the two species enumerated as previously known, and in each of those described below, with three exceptions, namely, E. distincta, Rainb., E. hoggi, Rainb., and E. speciosa, Rainh., the same general uniformity prevails. There are differences, truly, as will be seen on reference to the figures accompanying this paper; thus in one species, the long dark brown, slightly curved chitinous process is closely adpressed, while in another it is poised upon a high tubercle and stands prominently out.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Rainbow, 1897, Aust. Mus. Mem. 3(1): 105–126
Author
W. J. Rainbow
Year
1897
Title
The arachnidan fauna of Funafuti. V. The arachnidan fauna
Serial Title
Australian Museum Memoir
Volume
3
Issue
1
Start Page
105
End Page
126
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1967.3.1897.491
Language
English
Plates
plates ii–v
Date Published
25 February 1897
Cover Date
25 February 1897
ISSN
0067-1967
CODEN
AUNMA5
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Digitized
20 February 2009
Available Online
09 March 2009
Reference Number
491
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