Diagnoses of genera
of South East Asia: Heratemita (8; 5-7). The only two species
in this genus, H. chrysozona and H. alboplagiata, both described
by Simon in 1899, are known only from south east Asia. The carapace is broader
than long, almost elliptical with a wide, truncated front. The carapace is black,
very rugose and sparsely covered in violet squamose hairs and with four large,
white patches near the posterior eyes. The abdomen is elongate oval, rounded
at the front and gently tapering to the rear. It is sparsely covered with violet
squamose hairs and a three white longitudinal, stripes. The front legs are all
very large, whilst the other legs are robust with the femora, patellae and tibiae
slender. The metatarsi and tarsi of the front legs are yellow and the other
segments black. In general, the other legs are black with yellow-gold marks.
Most notable are the extraordinary chelicerae of the male. They are large, run
parallel for a short distance and then suddenly diverge at right angles. To
this is added a generous sprinkling of variable teeth. A good set of drawings
is provided in Proszynski, 1984. Distribution: Heratemita is known
only from Sumatra and the Philippines.
Murphy & Murphy 2000: 284-285. By
courtesy of the Authors' and the Malaysian Nature Society.
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