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Spider Sp888 - Enoplognatha ovata

Spider Sp888 - Enoplognatha ovata
Door County, Wisconsin, USA
June 25, 2005
Size: body/head under 5mm
Orb Weaver?

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Moved from Enoplognatha ovata.

Enoplognatha ovata?
Looks quite similar to the image found here. It's about half-way down the page. And there are even better shots including the eye arrangement found here.

Long delicate legs and red stripes
remind us of Enoplognatha. Looks like you got a summer trip back home to Wisconsin!

I disagree.
Look at the jaws (chelicerae) on this thing! I'm thinking long-jawed orb weaver, though I honestly don't know if Enoplognatha exhibits sexual dimorphism such that males have big jaws. That is certainly the case with some other spiders.

I've Come to My Senses Now:-)
Well, I stand corrected. Male Enoplognatha spp. DO have enlarged jaws. Well done, Lynette!

Theridiidae Key
Thanks everyone.

I went to the AMNH web site and found a Theridiidae Key. Apparently Enoplognatha males do have big jaws. I posted a couple more shots to better view the head here and here

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