Diagnoses of genera
of South East Asia: Emathis (3-6; 5). Species of Lepidemathis
(9-10; 9-13) (p. 351) are said to look like large editions of Emathis,
In which case, by virtue of their size, it is possible that the two species
of Emathis recently recorded from the Philippines might well prove to
belong to Lepidemathis. For the remaining three species of Emathis
occurring in our area there is little recent descriptive information, although
Proszynski and Zabka have produced some genitalia drawings. For the female E.
weyersi the carapace is fairly high with a flat cephalus, sloping thorax
and very steep sides. In plan, the carapace is U-shaped, broad and not much
longer than wide. The abdomen is elongate oval, not as wide as and about as
long as the carapace. The legs are spiny, moderately long and slender, with
legs I slightly more robust than the others. The eye field is yellow, the surrounds
of the front medians is orange and for the others, black. The rest of the carapace
is orange, becoming darker towards the margin. The abdomen is whitish-yellow
with the sides grey, some grey spots in the middle and some grey chevrons near
the rear. The legs are whitish-yellow with orange and brown hairs.
Distribution: In our area Emathis is known from Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines, but there are also four species recorded from Central America. It remains to be determined whether or not these two groups are congeneric. Murphy & Murphy 2000: 283-284. By courtesy of the Authors' and the Malaysian Nature Society.
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