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Spider with attached parasite - Anyphaena californica - female

Spider with attached parasite - Anyphaena californica - Female
Huddart Park, San Mateo County, California, USA
November 9, 2008
Size: 5.5 mm
I swept this spider from some vegetation. I believe it might be a hahniid in the genus Calymmaria - although John has convinced me that this could also be an anyphaenid. I noticed when I examined it under the microscope that there was a ? larva attached to the body of the spider - it later floated free from the spider in the alcohol preservative. I'm not sure if this is an attached parasite or simply came along for a ride with the spider...

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Thanks, John!
I will have to take a closer look at this spider - I think you might be correct about the family and genus - some of the epigyne images in the Plotnick revision of this family closely resemble this spider... I've also posted this on CAF. Any ideas about the larva?

 
None at all
Guessing maybe some type of lice, assuming it was attached to the spider and not just scooped up with it.

 
OK -
Thanks for all your help with this one - after looking more closely at the Plotnick paper (online), I think this might be Anyphaena californica based on the epigynum. I will try to get an expert to confirm.

 
Right again, John!
RJ Adams confirmed the species ID based on the epigynum image - thanks for getting me on the right track!

 
Your welcome
Now I just have to find out which species are in NJ :-)

 
Well -
the Platnick revision (link to a file from the Biodiversity Heritage Library) that I placed on the family page shows maps for each of the species in the family! That should narrow down the possibilities for NJ substantially. I doubt, though, that you could get to the species level without a palp/epigynum image.

Not an ID but
I have one with a similar pattern, and we actually have some with this pattern in Anyphaena, may be worth a peek?

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