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scop·u·la

 (skŏp′yə-lə)
n. pl. scop·u·lae (-lē′)
1. A dense brushlike tuft of hairs, as on the feet of certain spiders and insects.
2. A ciliated structure by which certain protozoans attach to a surface.

[Latin scōpula, small brush of twigs, diminutive of scōpae, branches, broom.]

scop′u·late′ (-lāt′) adj.
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scopula

(ˈskɒpjʊlə)
n, pl -las or -lae (-ˌliː)
(Zoology) a small tuft of dense hairs on the legs and chelicerae of some spiders
[C19: from Late Latin: a broom-twig, from scōpa thin twigs]
scopulate adj
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Dense scopulae on ventral side of all tarsi, metatarsi I-II 80-100% scopulate, posterior metatarsi partly scopulate, scopulae more extended on anterior than on posterior legs.
Dense scopulae on ventral side of all tarsi, metatarsi I-II 90-100% scopulate, posterior metatarsi partly scopulate, scopulae more extended on anterior than on posterior legs.
amazonica), extension of metatarsal scopulae beneath legs I-II (50% and 25% scopulate contra 75% scopulate in both segments in A.
Tarsi and distal half of metatarsi scopulate. Tarsal organ capsulate with oval opening, located dorsally at distal end of tarsi (Fig.
Tarsi I-IV densely scopulate, scopulae of tarsi III divided by narrow band of setae, tarsi IV widely divided by setae.