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Spider - Scytodes atlacoya - male

Spider - Scytodes atlacoya - Male
Auburn, Lee County, Alabama, USA
July 30, 2005
We need help on this one. Christopher Hunt suggests this is a female and that the body shape would indicate this specimen is a member the orb-weavers family (Araneidae), but that's no more than a best guess... (Araneidae is a huge family!) Christopher would also guess Araneus, but again, that's just a guess (based on the lack of setae (hair), since there little to none visible) and the large abdomen with the speckled patterns. These characteristics are commonly present in this genus, but they are not exclusive to them...)

Can anyone help us pin down and ID?

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Spider - Scytodes atlacoya - male Spider - Scytodes atlacoya - male

Moved from Scytodes.

Moved from Scytodes.

Scytodes sp ????
I am going to take a wild guess and say spitting spider.

Oops, wrong photo associated with my ID...
I had ID'd this as a female(?) spitting spider.... however, tried to make a guess (as described above) as to this unknown spider.

I think
it is a male because of the long legs and pointed palps. Male spitting spiders have very slender palps.

I never realized that! I guess the gender ID rule always has some slight exceptions!! Thanks!

Good guess, Charles.
My guess is it's an adult male.

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