Sparassidae: Heteropoda

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Males with embolus arising in 6-o’clock-position (in left palpus in ventral view), retrotibial apophysis with 2 small teeth at dorsal part. Females with median epigynal septum covered by lateral lobes. Copulatory ducts tightly twisted, not extending posterior spermathecae laterally. Pantropical, in Europe in greenhouses.

Heteropoda venatoria (Linnaeus, 1767)

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male Pedipalp, ventral view
(Jäger 2000)
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female Epigyne
(Jäger 2000)
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female Vulva
(Jäger 2000)
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Eyes, dorsal view
(Jäger 2000)
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Chelicerae, ventral view
(Jäger 2000)
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Males with embolus arising in 1- to 2-o’clock-position (in left palpus in ventral view), retrotibial apophysis with 1 long dorsal extension. Females with median septum visible between lateral lobes. Copulatory ducts twisted in wide coils, extending posterior spermathecae laterally. In caves, cellars, under stones in the eastern Mediterranean region.

Heteropoda variegata (Simon, 1874)

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male Pedipalp, ventral view
(Jäger unpubl.)
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male Pedipalp, retrolateral view
(Jäger unpubl.)
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male Eyes, dorsal view
(Jäger unpubl.)
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male Chelicera, ventral view
(Jäger unpubl.)
This key is a kind contribution by Peter Jäger.