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Spider looks like a squid! - Tetragnatha

Spider looks like a squid! - Tetragnatha
Logy Bay, Northeast Avalon, Newfoundland/Labrador, Canada
June 2, 2006
Size: 5 mm Body, head to rear
This spider was crawling on the vinyl siding of our garage at about 7:30 PM this evening. I've never noticed a spider with its legs stretched out like this before. I looked through the guide to try and get an ID but came up empty. Can anyone suggest an ID? TIA.

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Robin posted something similar
at and at but it doesn't seem that we were ever certain of it's ID!

Nesticidae perhaps?
Thanks for your ideas.  The first one really does look a lot like mine Even though it is in Tetragnathidae, it doesn't seem like the ID that put it there was ever very solid. After poking abround a bit, my guess is the Family Nesticidae.  This Nesticus cellulanus looks somewhat like mine.  Hackman, W., 1954 in The spiders of Newfoundland, lists Eidmannella pallidus (Emerton, 1875), aka Nesticus pallidus Emerton, in the Family Nesticidae as resident in Newfoundland. This family doesn't seem to even be listed in BugGuide.  I wonder if my specimen might be this species?  Just a guess after looking around.

Pretty sure it is a member of this genus.

for your feedback, Jeff.  I guess I should have known my Nesticidae idea was a long-shot when that Family contains mostly cave spiders. Five species belonging to the genus you suggest (Tetragnatha) are listed by Hackman, W., 1954 in The Spiders of Newfoundland. These are:
  1. Tetragnatha caudata (Emerton, 1884) 
  2. Tetragnatha elongata (Walckenaer, 1842) 
  3. Tetragnatha extensa (Linnaeus, 1758) 
  4. Tetragnatha laboriosa (Hentz, 1850)
  5. Tetragnatha vermiformis (Emerton, 1884) 
Other than the "elongata-like" entries, I couldn't find any of these on  I tried to find images elsewhere to compare for each of these species but couldn't find any image of T. caudata  and T. vermiformis. Maybe I'll look to see if the spider I photographed is still out there where I found it and if it is, I may take it over to the  Memorial University for a hands-on ID.  I guess that would be a lot easier than doing it by photos?

Hands on is the best way.

I have one outside my screen door and seems to be some sort of land squid. Seriously, should not be this hard to identify! I can't find any information. So has anyone concluded what this species this is?

It is identified to genus,
but identification to species in this genus is very difficult, sorry

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