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Unknown Spider - Theridula gonygaster

Unknown Spider - Theridula gonygaster
Naples , Collier County, Florida, USA
January 28, 2015
Size: 2 mm
This spider was on the bottom of a frond of leather fern.

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Moved from Spiders.

Reading the description again I think this has to be correct.

 
Thanks for
the confirmation of the identification. I was confused by its color. I certainly do appreciate all of the expert help I had with this one.

 
Many spiders can be quite variable
The spider described in the paper I referenced below was colored like yours in nearly every detail.

 
Thanks for
this clarification! I am certainly learning a lot from you experts.

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Moved from ID Request. Very cool spider. ID below looks possible.

 
Seems to fit
the description and epigynum diagram for Theridula regia in Gertsch and Archer, 1942 pretty well. WSC lists T. regia as a synonym for T. gonygaster. Type location was Dade county.

Nice find!
.

Possibly
a Theridula gonygaster

 
Thank you for the identification.
After receiving this ID, I've been searching the internet for other pictures. The one you attached and the others all show the background of the abdomen black. This one is definitely yellow. This one definitely fits the description of the genus. The size range of 1 to 3.5 mm is right. The horns on each side and sometimes a posterior median horn fits. And, this one was on the bottom of leaves on tall vegetation. Is it possible that this could be a different species of Theridula or is it your experience that the color is really not a good characteristic for identification of spiders?

 
Not sure
Sometimes when the spiders are immature they can look very different. I can't tell if yours is mature or not. I think I can see an epigyne? but the legs look "soft".

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