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golden ghost spider? - Pisaurina mira

golden ghost spider? - Pisaurina mira
Albion, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA
November 17, 2015
I have been waiting to see when the bugs would curl up somewhere for the winter, but decided to go out last night to see if anything was lurking around the shop. This gorgeous golden spider, which looks like one of the ghost spiders (would be right since it was dark and the spider only showed up because I shone a small light at it) seems to have matched its colors perfectly to go with the leaf litter. Thanks to anyone who can ID it!

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golden ghost spider? - Pisaurina mira golden ghost spider? - Pisaurina mira golden ghost spider? - Pisaurina mira

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Moved from ID Request.

 
Thanks to John and Jane and L
Thanks to John and Jane and Laura too!

We would think
Pisaurina mira

 
I like it. There seems to be
I like it. There seems to be a goodly deal of variation, especially in the darkness of the central stripe running lengthwise along the abdomen, and in general the color shade. Is that a sex-determined thing, an age thing, or something else? But at least some of the spiders reported as Pisaurina mira look exactly like my friend here.

Thanks for all your help!

Martha

 
Different color morphs.
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Thanks. I was wondering if th
Thanks. I was wondering if this is sex polymorphism. I.e., is there one sex or the other that prefers one form over the other, etc.? Thanks again!

Martha

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