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Crab Spider - Bassaniana utahensis - female

Crab Spider - Bassaniana utahensis - Female
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
May 29, 2005
Size: head/body 4mm

Moved from Bark Crab Spiders.

again. Sorry about all the useless autocomments.
This is most likely utahensis based on locality, but could also be versicolor.

to page.

Moved from Crab Spiders.

Coriarachne sp.?
Perhaps a Coriarachne species?

Kaston lists C. utahensis and C. brunneipes for the western N.A. (1)

I could only find a small image of C. utahensis at U. Alberta.

Mike, how did you rule out Xysticus as a possibility? I am just going by the overall look of this specimen, not any particular details, so I am anxious to learn more about the ID process. Thanks.

Hi Eric,

I was just eyeballing while flipping through Kaston and Spiders & Their Kin, and Coriarachne caught my eye. You're right, Xysticus is worth considering...I'll read up on it. It might help to have a closeup of the carapace from the top and front.

It looks very similar to the Alberta image. Makes for a possible ID. Thanks for the detective work. I noticed that Platnik's list has it placed in the genus, Bassaniana. The only species that was still in Coriarachne was brunneipes. Keep your pedipalps crossed, hopefully the new "Spiders of North America" will be out in about a month.

I forgot about the Bassaniana genus change. I know we have Coriarachne on BugGuide...I'll clean that up when I get my "Spiders of North America." I've had it on order for a long time and am looking forward to it.

The Ides of March
seemed a bad choice for the first publication date, et tu. Since I have your attention; so far the means to get italics for the binomials has eluded my limited abilities, any suggestions?

Just surround your text with the HTML code for italics. <i> and </i>, or use the BBCode, the i in square brackets.

Many thanks
kind sir. Never had to worry about this stuff in the past, did learn that just pounding around on the keyboard might not be best, always ask first and then screw it up, much more professional looking.

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