Antonio D. Brescovit, Alexandre B Bonaldo, Adalberto J. Santos, Ricardo Ott, and Cristina A. Rheims, "The Brazilian Goblin Spiders of the New Genus Predatoroonops (Araneae: Oonopidae)," Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History num. 370, 2012


Predatoroonops species, males, carapace and chelicerae, frontal view. 13, P. schwarzeneggeri, n. sp. 14, P. poncho, n. sp. 15, P. billy, n. sp. 16, P. valverde, n. sp. 17, P. blain, n. sp. 18, P. maceliot, n. sp. 19, P. anna, n. sp. 20, P. rickhawkins, n. sp.

Abbreviations: cb 5 basal condyle apophysis of chelicerae; da 5 distal apophysis of chelicerae; mf 5 median furrow of chelicerae; sa 5 subdistal apophysis of chelicerae; sf 5 subdistal furrow of chelicerae.


The generic name is a contraction of "Predator Oonops," taken from the science-fiction action movie Predator. The name refers the fact that all species show the frontal area of the male chelicerae with modified structures that resemble the face of the Predator character, a technologically advanced form of extraterrestrial life. It is also a homage to the 25th anniversary of this blockbuster success, released in the United States in 1987, and to its cast of actors and artists. DIAGNOSIS: Males of this genus can be easily recognized and separated from other Oonopinae genera by the peculiar chelicerae, which frontally have median furrows or accentuated projections (figs. 13–31).