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Salticidae: Diagnostic Drawings Library

by Jerzy Proszynski 1997

Genus Thyene Simon, 1885

Murphy & Murphy 2000: 355. Diagnoses of genera of South East Asia: Light or colourful, sometimes iridescent salticids. Shrubs, plants, especially broad leaved. General remarks: In the field, plants with large green leaves, such as ginger, are often favoured by salticids, particularly colourful species. Some are clothed with dense, coloured, iridescent hairs which makes them particularly attractive and conspicuous. They are often to be seen wandering about or sunning themselves on top of the leaves and sometimes to be found resting or in a cell under a leaf. Salticids often build a retreat between and attached to two closely overlapping leaves. With care and a suitably placed sweep net, one can often collect the owner. Genus: Thyene . T. orientalis was described by Zabka in 1985 from a single male collected in Vietnam. Although the colouring is different, the shape is much the same as that given for G. munipisus. The carapace of T. orientalis has a broad orange belt, which includes the eye field and a tapering wedge-shaped continuation on the thorax. The lateral surfaces are orange-brown. The abdomen has a broad, longitudinal, median band that is yellow anteriorly, turning to grey posteriorly. The sides are densely covered with light brown squamose hairs. Legs I and II are light brown in colour and legs III and IV are orange brown. More recently this species and a few others have turned up in S. China. The male of a new species, described as Gangus manipisus, has recently been described from the Philippines by Banrrion & Litsinger, 1995. The cephalothorax is flattish and in plan, a longish oval with a somewhat truncate rear edge. The abdomen is oblong, twice as long as broad, with gently curved sides and truncated both at the front and at the rear. Legs I are long and robust and the other are much shorter and stocky. The carapace is brown with the eye area yellow and there are radiating grey lines on the thorax. The narrow eye surrounds are black. The abdomen is yellow with brown marks anteriorly and posteriorly some vague blackish and yellow transverse bands. The legs are yellow with some brown patches ventrally on legs I and grey-brown patches on the other legs
Distribution: The present range of Thyene is mainly Africa with the odd species reported from Madagascar through to Vietnam and S. China. One particular species, T. imperialis, has a range that extends from the Mediterranean to China and Indonesia. Species included earlier to Gangus are recorded from Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Australia. However the excellent figure of the type species of Gangus - G. concinnus in Zabka and Davies 1989, indicates that Gangus is possibly a synonym of the much wider spread Thyene. Murphy & Murphy 2000: 355. By courtesy of the Authors' and the Malaysian Nature Society.

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