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Jun 6, 2013 12:01 AM

Can someone identify this small spider?

Can someone tell me the name of this small red-legged spider? I found the spider in the kitchen sink, where it was perched just above a drop of water. DSCF7296.JPGDSCF7295 (2).jpgDSCF7296 (2).jpg

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    Jun 6, 2013 1:55 PM (in response to Mary)
    Re: Can someone identify this small spider?

    Does it really have two small white patches at the front of the abdomen or is that a reflection?

     

    Anyway, it's an adult male and I suspect it's one of the larger money spiders (Linyphiidae). I would say Neriene clathrata is one possibility but there may be others. See -

     

    http://www.eurospiders.com/Neriene_clathrata.htm

     

    Message was edited by: jaguarondi, to add link

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          Jun 17, 2013 7:37 AM (in response to Mary)
          Re: Can someone identify this small spider?

          No, your latest spider is a Philodromus, P. dispar I think. They're fairly common at this time of year - I saw one in my house a few days ago. It's not the same species as your first spider - different body shape.

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      Jun 18, 2013 6:20 AM (in response to Mary)
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      Hi Mary, I don't think of the Philodromus species as having hairy legs - are you sure that's not because the photo is a bit fuzzy. But yes, the shape of the cephalothorax (the front body segment) is much rounder than in Neriene for example. I don't have a specimen preserved so I don't know about them looking white underneath but from yourn photos and this one I'd say you're probably right -

      http://bugguide.net/node/view/189563

       

      No, no Philodromus species are predominantly house spiders, although dispar is often found close to houses. It just gets in accidentally from time to time and probably wandered in off the brambles

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          Jun 19, 2013 8:52 AM (in response to Mary)
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          Hi Mary, oh dear you're going to think I'm really pedantic but what you've highlighted are spines. Spiders legs have spines, hairs and trichobothria. Spines are long and are the thickest. Trichobothria can be as long as spines but are much thinner. Hairs are shorter than spines although, in some species, not much shorter. (On money spiders the position and number of spines and trichobothria are useful in identification).

           

          On the second picture of Philodromus dispar here you can see spines and hairs and I accept it is hairy in the sense that it has lots of hairs. However, they're fairly short in comparison to some other spiders.

          http://www.mybitoftheplanet.com/2007/big_pics/April/1704spider2.html

           

          Hope that hasn't bored you too much

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