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1 July 2017 Description and First Record of Phrynus tessellatus (Pocock, 1894) (Arachnida: Amblypygi: Phrynidae) from Northwestern Trinidad, with the Description of Its Mating Behaviour
Michael Seiter, Julia Lanner
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We illustrate Phrynus tessellatus in detail from northwestern Trinidad and present the first record of a population in South America. In addition, we describe the mating behaviour and spermatophore formation, which show no significant differences useful for taxonomic analysis within the genus, but among different genera and families. However, after deposition of the spermatophore on the substrate, the male modifies the anterior parts of the head with its chelicera. This behaviour differs markedly from related phrynid species. The purpose of this unexpected procedure is not clear and further research is necessary.

Michael Seiter and Julia Lanner "Description and First Record of Phrynus tessellatus (Pocock, 1894) (Arachnida: Amblypygi: Phrynidae) from Northwestern Trinidad, with the Description of Its Mating Behaviour," Arachnology 17(5), 201-209, (1 July 2017). https://doi.org/10.13156/arac.2017.17.5.201
Published: 1 July 2017
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