Sotekia minima
Sotekia minimus Suzuki-1982d
Sotekia minima Suzuki, 1982 (from original description)











Sotekia minima Suzuki, 1982 is a member of the genus Sotekia (Laniatores:Epedanidae).


  • S.m. Suzuki, 1982, 103[1]


  • S.m. male(1) + female(1) + juvenile(2) (holotype(m) + paratype) Suzuki Collection[1]


(from Suzuki, 1982d[1])

Measurements : male (in parentheses female) Body 1.2 (1.5) mm long, 0.9 (0.9) mm wide. Length of femora 1 0.6, II 0.7, III 0.7, IV 0.7 mm. Total length of legs I 2.4, II 4.0, III 2.7, IV 3.1 mm. Tarsal segments I 5 (5), II 12 (12L, 13R), 1II 5 (5), IV 6 (6). Segments of distitarsus I 2 (2), II 3 (3L, 4R). Length of penis 0.5 mm.

Male : Of the form as shown in Fig. 2 B. Carapace, excepting a single bluntly pointed tooth at anterior angle, very finely granular. Eye tubercle somewhat elevated at median (Fig. 2 E), distinctly separated from the anterior margin. Five scutal areas indistinctly defined. First area without a median line. All scutal areas and three free tergites each with a row of small tubercles, tubercles slightly larger on the hind margin of scute, remaining surface finely granular. Anal plate with scattered small tubercles. Coxae of all legs finely granular with low tubercles, tubercles larger on first coxa. Third coxa with a row of small tubercles on anterior and posterior margins. Free sternites with a transverse row of small hair-tipped tubercles.

Chelicerae: Proximal segment with an enlarged dorsal protuberance, which clothed with scattered granules, ventrally with a row of two or three tubercles on both sides; distal segment frontally with hair-tipped tubercles, tubercles arranged more or less in two longitudinal series.

Palpi: Coxa dorsally with a medial row of four to five tubercles and a group of three to four lateral ones (Fig. 2 B). Trochanter dorsally and ventrally with some small tubercles. Femur dorsally with a longitudinal row of small tubercles. medial-distally with two spines, first one stronger, which is followed by a longitudinal row of small tubercles, ventrally with five spines. Patella, tibia and tarsus spined as shown in Fig. 2 C.

Legs short; trochanters, femora, patellae and tibia somewhat granular, metatarsi and tarsi only with short hairs.

Penis (Fig. 2 F-G): Shaft elongate, swollen distally. Distal portion clothed with strong spines. Disposition of these spines as in Fig. 2 G.

Coloration: Entire body light rusty yellow, with faint dark brown reticular markings on carapace; lateral margins of abdominal scute sligthly darkened, and so hind margin and each free tergite. Cheliceral segments reticulated above. Palpi except for trochanter with dark brown markings. Legs rusty yellow, except for tarsi with dark brown mottlings.

Female (Fig. 2 A): Similar to the male in appearance, but with slightly larger body. Chelicerae and palpi less strong than in the male.

Ovipositor has the form as shown in Fig. 2 H.


  • Location: Borneo (Sotek, E. Kalimantan; 1°12'S 116°39'E)[1]


  • Suzuki, 1982d[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Suzuki, S. (1982d) Two new genera of Phalangodinae (Opiliones, Phalangodidae) from Eastern Kalimantan, Borneo. Annotationes Zoologicae Japonenses, 55(2), 100-104.

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