Santa Ana NWR, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA September 14, 2009 Size: 3mm
Bucranium sp. (thomisidae) from the Texas A&M collection. Det. D.A. Dean. (recently moved from Majellula)
Collected by Ed Riley and Mike Overton.
This is the only specimen found of this genus north of Mexico. If it is Bucranium affinis, as it appears to be, it may be the first male ever found. At least one female is known from Mexico and one from Ecuador. The description of the female exactly matches this male.
Some of the photos show purple on the spider's cuticle, but the specimen has no purple on it. The purple appears to a very minor degree in each photo of the stack, and Helicon Focus chose to merge them all together into large purple blobs. I think the purple was a result of using an LED light at a low setting and long exposure.
(Sometimes I'm not sure what to title these images.)
Contributed by Joe Lapp on 29 March, 2015 - 3:23pm Last updated 30 March, 2015 - 8:43am
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