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Mangora - Mangora maculata - female

Mangora - Mangora maculata - Female
Ledges State Park, Boone County, Iowa, USA
July 31, 2011

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Mangora - Mangora maculata - female Mangora - Mangora maculata - female Mangora - Mangora maculata - female

Moved from Mangora. ID based on range and dorsal pattern. However, there is some chance it might be the similar spiculata.

Moved from Spiders.

It's fascinating how much the color pattern
on these can change. I would say that when I first saw it I would have said spiculata which is why I asked John to collect it. But the black on the dorsal abdomen seems to change over time! No wonder I have so much trouble with these two species!!

I thought it was interesting
that the abdomen could appear almost all white or almost all brown in one photoshoot!

Does anyone think it is an adult? I hate putting them in vials too soon, it's such a waste.

hard to tell for me
I can't see the epigyne clearly. Compare with

Maybe you can try for a clearer shot?

I tried
but not much luck. I think I still need to wait. If I raise it, and it does mature, I may be able to get something later.

Mangora maculata
is my guess. The genus info page has some great info to sort these out.

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