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Salticidae: Diagnostic Drawings Library

by Jerzy Proszynski 1997

Genus Gelotia Thorell, 1890

Diagnoses of genera of South East Asia: Cryptic salticids, mottled brown or grey, stealthy and not seen to jump. on tree trunks and mossy rocks in rainforest. General remarks: Salticids in this group tend to be very cryptic and live in rainforest habitats although some specimens have been collected in gardens near rainforest. Not a great deal is known about the biology of this unusual group. No doubt, more information would be both rewarding to the observer and much appreciated by arachnologists in general. Genus: Gelotia. This genus is close to Cocalus and Mintonia. Gelotia is dull coloured and has been found by beating shrubs in more open areas or in secondary rainforest. The cephalothorax is short and high with the flat cephalus sloping downwards very slightly and the thorax curving downwards very steeply from the rear eyes. The sides are vertical. In plan, the carapace is broad, more or less U-shaped, and not much longer than wide. The abdomen is a slender elongate oval, rounded at the front and slightly pointed at the rear. The spiny legs are long and slender, with legs I and IV noticeably longer than legs II and III. The eye area is yellowish-brown and the eye surrounds, black. The rest of the carapace is brown with wide, light, marginal bands on the sides and a narrow, very light, yellowish stripe running down the middle of the thorax. The underlying colour of the abdomen is a muddy-white with blackish mottled sides and chevrons at the rear. The legs are of a fairly uniform muddy-yellow suffused with black here and there. Distribution: Gelotia has been recorded from P. Malaysia to Papua New Guinea. Murphy & Murphy 2000: 325-326. By courtesy of the Authors' and the Malaysian Nature Society.


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