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Meta ovalis - male

Meta ovalis - Male
48.163580N 53.966805W (WGS84), Clarenville, Northeast Avalon, Newfoundland/Labrador, Canada
June 27, 2007
Size: 11mm body
My brother-in-law spotted this spider as we were laying a stone sidewalk in his yard. Knowing that I had my camera handy, he caught it and I photographed the spider as it was crawling out of the plastic container. I almost always release 'bugs' after I photograph them but for some reason I decided to keep this spider as a specimen to take to this spider expert at our local university for a disection ID. It will probably take several weeks to get that done, so does anyone wish to offer a suggestion in the meantime?

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Meta ovalis - male Meta ovalis - male Meta ovalis - male

Moved from True Spiders.

Moved from Spiders.

Meta ovalis
I received an identification of this specimen today from Dr. Roger Pickavance , a retired professor of biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland.  I used isopropyl alcohol to preserve the specimen that I photographed live, and this preserved specimen is what he used to make the ID.  Here is what Dr. Pickavance wrote to me:

"Its name is Meta ovalis - there is no common name. This species is probably widespread in Newfoundland but is not commonly seen because of its preferred habitat. Its "natural" habitat is damp caves and I have found it in similar places such as root-cellars; earth basements and crawl-spaces; and inside large piles of rocks or boulders. Your specimen was a male - the female is quite a bit bigger and so can look quite fierce although completely harmless."

taking more high quality images of it's palpal organs from different angles, then email them along with these images to your local expert.
Should be able to ID in no time.

Personally, I think some more close ups of the chelicerae and palpal organs would be a nice addition to the the guide.
Meta ovalis?
Pimoa? But that is Pacific distribution.

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