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Fuzzy spider - Metaltella simoni

Fuzzy spider - Metaltella simoni
Farmington, Dakota County
January 1, 2018
Size: 1 cm or less
Found in Dakota County on Oct. 21, 2017, in a greenhouse. I've been rearing it in Hennepin County (Minneapolis) since then.

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This represents the first record in Minnesota that I know of!

Because ...
it was in a greenhouse, still interesting though! :)

Moved from Metaltella simoni.
(Created a separate placement for accidental adventives.)

Moved from Spiders.

From G.B. Edwards
"I think in this case you are likely correct about Metaltella simoni. The specimen appears gravid or extremely well fed, which may explain the lack of a pattern due to the integument being stretched so much that any markings were obscured. Or maybe it just didn't have any."

Moved for review.
Moved from ID Request.

This looks like Metaltella simoni to me. The cribellum is divided... compare:

And the shape of the carapace around the eyes looks a little more narrow and domed compared to A. ferox:

I guess she came in on some out of state plants?

For M. simoni I usually just look for a Christmas tree shaped pattern on the abdomen but it's dark on yours. :)

Thank you for taking the time to rear her and sharing with us here, nice find.

Edit: Because of the location I've reached out to a professional for a second opinion, I'll let you know if I hear back.

Having trouble telling what
Having trouble telling what is going on with those cribelllum pics...

On your spider ...
the cribellum (plate behind the spinnerets) has a clear divide in it. That's one of the diagnostic features for M. simoni. My A. ferox pic is pretty crumby but it shows the cribellum looks different on that species.

Ok I see now!
Ok I see now!

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