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Adult male - Neon reticulatus - male

Adult male - Neon reticulatus - Male
Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
June 9, 2013
Size: ~2.5mm body length
This cute little fellow turned up on the front door. I'm thinking Neon nelli? The base of the embolus seems a bit thicker than N. reticulatus going by the diagrams in Gertsch & Ivie 1955.

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ID from Rod Crawford
Moved from Jumping Spiders.

male Neon
Whatever it is, it's sure a cutie!

 
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Rod thinks it may be N. reticulatus, and that a female would confirm it. I'm going to do some looking for a female, but will make the page if one doesn't turn up in another day or two.

Edit: I misunderstood what Rod said in his email, I think we're good to go with N. reticulatus! :D

Wish I had the knowledge to h
Wish I had the knowledge to help identify these spiders of yours.

I'm astounded by how you get so many angles. Do you have it standing on clear plastic to get your camera underneath?

I have a hard enough time getting them to sit still long enough to get a clear image.

 
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It takes me a lot of waiting and missed shots to get all the angles. :) Knowing the behavior of the type of spider helps too. There are often ways of getting them to settle down (e.g., some like certain surfaces, being enclosed, etc).

That's basically what I do for the ventral shots, yes. I use a glass shelf with the bottom level removed. With the spider standing on it I just lie underneath and shoot up.

Genitalia are trickier, I have a description of the technique here:

 
Wow, how convenient that you
Wow, how convenient that you made a guide! That's a really clever setup. I need all the help I can get taking decent shots with a smartphone.

I don't have the equipment to take clear pictures of such micro-details, but I'm glad to even know that they are possible to get without killing the spider.

Thanks.

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