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Variations in leg banding and color, plus abdominal variations. - Neoscona crucifera

Variations in leg banding and color, plus abdominal variations. - Neoscona crucifera
Santa Ana, Orange County, California, USA
October 5, 2005
Images were provided by Dr. Lenny Vincent, Fullerton College. In regard to the differences, he notes "At first, I thought I had two species. The genitalia, however, was the same."

Images were shot in the studio against a neutral gray card. I've made some attempt at evening out backgrounds, but not always successfully.

A Note To The Editor
If you see a better way to present these images, please implement or advise. I'd considered unlinking and serially numbering images, but this more integrated approach seemed better to me.

Moved from Spotted Orbweavers. I checked with Lenny by email this morning and these are indeed N. crucifera and that's where they are placed at his website. He apologizes for the mix-up in names on the email.

Good news!

Moved from Western Spotted Orbweaver. There's nothing in Berman and Levi even remotely like these guys under oaxacensis, so we're moving them temporarily up to genus level until we can get the ID straightened out. It seems these have to be arabesca, but we'll wait and learn!

I'm asking around
either we have oaxacensis really messed up or these are something else. My vote is crucifera.

Very interesting post - we like it!
This may be one of those cases where it's ok to use link even though they are not images of the same individual. You have made that very clear.
Unfortunately for us, we wish he had ID'd these as some other species of Neoscona. They just don't look anything like what we have been calling oaxacensis in the guide!!??

Possibly anticipating your question, Lenny has written:
"I'm sure the IDs are right, Levi (a the Harvard
arachnologist that revised the genus) would have noticed a mistake."

I don't believe Dr. Vincent would comment on IDs done online, as he's told me repeatedly he's loath to do IDs from photos, strongly preferring to have specimen in hand.

Hi Ron,
Is there any way you can get high res. close-up shots of the epigynum in any of these?

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