Murphy & Murphy 2000:
291.Diagnoses of genera of South East Asia: Cheliceroides
(?; 8-9). This monotypic genus was created by Zabka in 1985 for a single male
collected from calcareous rocks in rain forest in Vietnam. As the name implies,
the chelicerae are noteworthy, being unusually long and having odd outgrowths.
For a salticid it is fairly large and stout. In appearance it is said to resemble
the Australian genus Opisthoncus. The carapace is oval, slightly longer
than wide. The sides are steep but the thorax is less so. The abdomen is elongate
oval, very slightly tapering and rounded at the front and back. The legs are
quite spiny with legs I longer and more robust than the others. The eye field
of the male C. longipalpis is chestnut brown, edged orange-red and fringed with
orange and white, squamose hairs. The posterior part of the carapace is brown,
darkening towards the margin. The abdomen has a brown, broad, longitudinal,
median band that becomes darker towards the rear and carries a few yellow spots.
This band is bordered at the front with white hairs and elsewhere with grey-brown
hairs. The legs are mostly brown, but the coxae, trochanters and tops of the
femora together with the metatarsi and tarsi of legs III and IV, are either
orange or yellow.
Distribution: Cheliceroides is known only from Vietnam. Murphy & Murphy 2000: 291. By courtesy of the Authors' and the Malaysian Nature Society.
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