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Possible Tetragnatha? - Tetragnatha - female

Possible Tetragnatha? - Tetragnatha - Female
Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana, USA
August 7, 2010
I think this might be a longjawed orbweaver in the Tetragnatha genus, but it doesn't seem to fit any of the images in the guide pages. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

Moved from ID Request. I frassed your other two image because I don't think we can get any info from them to make the ID. This is a female, so the jaws won't be as helpful as if it were a male. It could be versicolor, but I don't know how we can tell for sure. Your best bet is to get a local expert to ID the spider and let us know what it is. A local list of species would also be very helpful.

Why frass so soon?
They've only been in id request for ONE DAY. I understand that they are very poor quality images and not useful for the guide, but couldn't you wait for someone else to try to identify my spider before frassing? As far as a local spider expert, I'd LOVE it if you can get me in touch with someone in my area or provide me with a local list of species.

with the right reference those two images don't show anything needed to make the ID to species. They are still available to anyone who might disagree with me.. for another 30 days in frass.

The two views you need (beside dorsal) are one directly from the side (this view is needed in very few spiders) and a close-up of the epigynum.

See this article for a list of spiders in your area.

Thanks for explaining
If I ever see her again, I'll be sure to get better photos, especially of the views you described. Thanks a bunch for the link to the article of spiders in Indiana and Illinois. I only have two spider books, and neither of them have range maps. The list will definitely be helpful!

Tetragnatha? - it looks like that to me
based on the general appearance. Did you get a picture where you can see the "long-jaws". Actually, I think I can kind of see them.

Possible Tetragnatha versicolor?
Thanks for confirming the genus! I've added some (unfortunately blurry) images, and I now think that it might be a Tetragnatha versicolor due to the fact that the chelicera length seems rather short and the lateral eyes seem closer together than the median eyes. I could be completely wrong, but thanks for trying to lead me in the right direction :)

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