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Messua limbata (Banks) - Messua limbata - female

Messua limbata (Banks) - Messua limbata - Female
Cameron County, Texas, USA
August 6, 2010
Messua limbata (Banks)
Det. A. Dean, 2012

Spmn in the TAMUIC

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Messua limbata (Banks) - Messua limbata - female Messua limbata (Banks) - Messua limbata - female Messua limbata (Banks) - Messua limbata - female

Moved from Messua limbata.

Moved from Messua.

Moved from Jumping Spiders.

female Messua
I am fairly certain this is a female Messua, a neotropical dendryphantine. According to Proszynski, Texas has two species, felix and limbata. Moving to genus for now.

felix technically being still in Metaphidippus, according to Platnick's catalog.

Looks like you're on the right track, Ben. Don't you wish some of these specimens had been collected?

Certainly would make it easier. This animal seems a better match for the photograph of Messua limbata on the Tree of Life than the photos in the guide from California. I wonder if that one was scoped.

This taxon appears to be in limbo according to Maddison's 1996 dismantling of Metaphidippus. Evidently the Peckhams' designated type specimen of felix included the body and a palp of a Bagheera sp. and a palp in another vial of a Messua, and therefore would require a new lectotype to be named. Since the paper dealt mainly with Pelegrina, it doesn't really give any more information on it.

Moved from Spiders.

Moved from Arthropods.

a pregnant female in the genus Tutelina?

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