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Brown Recluse? - Pisaurina mira - male

Brown Recluse? - Pisaurina mira - Male
Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA
June 2, 2015
I can tell by the pedipalps that this is a male--at least I believe so. From the image it appears to have six eyes, although I am having problems placing the exact pattern. Someone please tell me this isn't a brown recluse. Found two of these just outside the door of my basement.

Moved from ID Request.

Pisaurina mira
fishing spider

Eye pattern
The eye pattern seems a bit wrong for Pisaurina mira. It is close, but the spider I encountered only has six eyes. I checked both of them to make sure. It seems to also lack the body patterns of Pisaurina mira and does not hold its legs like an orb weaver (although I know you cannot tell that by the photo).

I think...
...your specimen looks fine for Pisaurina mira. For the record, P. mira is the nursery web spider, not exactly a fishing spider.

This species is well known for having a wide variety of colorations. As for eye patterning, it's very difficult to see some of the smaller eyes.

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Note: I wouldn't worry too much about leg positions...spiders change those all the time.

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