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Brinn's Basement Spider - Titiotus - male

Brinn's Basement Spider - Titiotus - Male
Bridgeport, Mono County, California, USA
May 4, 2005
In addition to finding out it's name(s) I would also like to know if there's some way to tag spiders with something like nail polish...? Haven't tried this yet. I want to know it won't harm it first.

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Brinn's Basement Spider - Titiotus - male Brinn's Basement Spider - Titiotus - male

I guess it's too late to collect the specimen... :-)

That with the marking is a good question. If anywhere, only on the carapace, I would think. I don't know about nail polish -- perhaps a water-based acrylic? Certainly nothing with organic solvents, I would think.

Pity that the otherwise good images don't get any closer. Platnick & Ubick (2008) have good drawings of the pedipalpae.

Moved from True Spiders.

question as to why the size says its not a reclus is it to big or to small?

This is totally a guess. This spider resembles the Brown Recluse Loxosceles reclusa, so I am guessing it may be something in that genus. Some species in California are L. unicolor, L. laeta, L. arizonica, and L. refuscens. (reclusa is not found in CA) It looks most similar to Loxosceles laeta from this page to me.

At the size you indicated, it can't possibly be a Loxosceles. It is a male spider of some kind, evidenced by the modified palps. Need to see the eye arrangement to get to family even. Sorry.

Brinn, spiders are measured by the length of their body only....legs are not included. I would guess that yours is a little over half an inch or about 12mm. But you're right with those long legs it's over 2 inches!

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