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Salticidae: Diagnostic Drawings Library

by Jerzy Proszynski 1997

Padilla Peckham & Peckham, 1894


Diagnoses of genera of South East Asia: Padilla (?; 3). Only P. javana Simon, 1900 occurs in our area. The cephalothorax is flat and long with the thorax much longer than the cephalus. In plan it is oval, slightly attenuated in front and broader to the rear. It is coriaceous, dark brown in colour, with the cephalus and each side of it, black. There is a broad, median, thoracic stripe of yellow pubescence, narrowly edged with yellow hairs. The shape of the abdomen is not mentioned, but by implication is a typical oval. It is said to be smooth and black dorsally with a vague median stripe. The front legs are very robust, with the femora, patellae and tibiae brown to black, with the metatarsi and tarsi yellowish. The remaining legs are pale yellow. Characteristic of most of the males of this genus is the very long (half as long as the cephalothorax, or more), forward projecting process on each chelicera. It looks like a lance which has been bent near the tip. Unfortunately P. javana lacks this extraordinary embellishment. A male Padilla having such a process is figured in Proszynski, 1984. The genitalia of both male and female of another Padilla sp. are drawn in Proszynski, 1987 and are reminiscent of those of Marengo (p. 311).
Distribution: The main centre for Padilla. is Madagascar, and P. javana from Java is the only other described species.
Murphy & Murphy 2000: 276. By courtesy of the Authors' and the Malaysian Nature Society.

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