By A. Schoeman
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Natural history Little is known about the behaviour of Cyphonisia. In Cyphonisia obesa, a spider from tropical West Africa, the burrow is provided with a doubletrapdoor entrance, primarily to assist the spider to escape from predators (Blandin & Célérier, 1977). It consists of a shallow chamber with the two trapdoors opening in exactly opposite directions, only a short distance apart. This double-door feature has also been recorded in West Australian barychelids (Main, 1957) inhabiting forested areas but with a range extension into savanna regions.
18d); • eyes: arranged in two rows, anterior row usually slightly procurved (fig. 18b); • chelicerae: rastellum distinct, consisting of thick spines (fig. 18c); cheliceral furrow with two rows of strong teeth; • mouthparts: labium usually wider than long, with few cuspules; endites with anterior lobe a long cone with few to numerous cuspules (fig. 18d); serrula absent; • legs: three claws; legs short, strong (fig. 17) and densely spinose; female with distal segments of legs I and II with lateral bands of short thorn-like spines (fig.
25E), Eastern 22. Stasimopus oculatus Pocock, 1897 Stasimopus oculatus Pocock, 1897: 728; Hewitt, 1915a: 80; Cape Province. 1915c: 321; Roewer, 1942: 160. Distribution: South Africa (Eastern Cape: Kentani). 14E), Free State Province. 15. 59E), Western Cape Province. ern Cape: Kimberley). Distribution: South Africa (Western Cape: Clanwilliam). Stasimopus leipoldti Purcell, 1902b: 348; 1903c: 85; Hewitt, 1915a: 81; Roewer, 1942: 160. 23. Stasimopus palpiger Pocock, 1902a 16. Stasimopus longipalpis Hewitt, 1917a Stasimopus longipalpis Hewitt, 1917a: 689; Roewer, 1942: 160.
Baboon and Trapdoor Spiders of Southern Africa by A. Schoeman