Dispatch from the field II: The mystery of the red and blue Opadometa male (Araneae, Tetragnathidae, Opadometa sarawakensis)

Jeremy A. Miller*, Christian Freund, Liselotte Rambonnet, Lianne Koets, Nadine Barth, Corné van der Linden, József Geml, Menno Schilthuizen, Richard Burger, Benoit Goossens

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Abstract

Background Males of Opadometa are difficult to associate with conspecific females, and sex-matching errors may persist in the taxonomic literature. Recommended best practices for definitive sex matching in this genus suggest finding a male in the web of a female, or better yet, mating pairs. New information A male Opadometa was observed hanging on a frame line of the web of a female Opadometa sarawakensis, a species for which the male was previously undescribed. This occurred during a tropical ecology field course held at the Danau Girang Field Centre in Sabah, Malaysia. A taxonomic description was completed as a course activity.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere24777
JournalBiodiversity Data Journal
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Borneo
  • Orb web
  • Sexual size dimorphism
  • Spider
  • Tropical field course

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    Miller, J. A., Freund, C., Rambonnet, L., Koets, L., Barth, N., van der Linden, C., Geml, J., Schilthuizen, M., Burger, R., & Goossens, B. (2018). Dispatch from the field II: The mystery of the red and blue Opadometa male (Araneae, Tetragnathidae, Opadometa sarawakensis). Biodiversity Data Journal, 6, [e24777]. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.6.e24777