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Calilena angelena - female

Calilena angelena - Female
San Benito County Historical and Recreation Park, San Benito County, California, USA
November 7, 2010
Male and female found in the same web mass under an old log. Both were collected and after some guidance the female was identified as C. angelena using Chamberlin and Ivie's 1941 revision.

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Calilena angelena - female Calilena angelena - male Calilena angelena - female .Calilena eyes - Calilena angelena - female Calilena angelena sternum - Calilena angelena - female Calilena angelena epigynum - Calilena angelena - female

Even better, the result, a new species and genus for BugGuide! Many thanks, R.J.! (esp. for the add'l. images)

Moved from Tegenaria.

I believe there is some confusion with ID.
This is one of the larger, common Agelenopsis sp. in CA in my opinion, as I have collected many like this.

Do you have images of male and/or palpal organs?

Thank you everyone! It's been
Thank you everyone! It's been a learning experience and a humbling refresher on this family! I now see how the curvature of the eyes is more than one would expect for Tegeneria and this is the first other agelenid genus I've seen with a patterned sternum. The clincher was the long scape (or stylus in Chamberlin and Ivie 1941) on the epigynum - a defining feature of the genus. It was very close to both C. restricta and C. angelena, but the stylus is white in restricta and dark in angelena. C. angelena has also been found in California while restricta has not (supporting point).
According to the revision, members of this genus are very close in appearance to Agelenopsis, requiring a detailed look at the spider's reproductive structures to distinguish them. Interestingly, the male has never been formally described.

Thank you again to everyone who assisted me with the identification of this Spider!

R.J. Adams

spiders sure are a pain... in the west at least!
Thanks for the info.

I can hardly see much spider here at all, so have no opinion on the matter. But I do note that SONA indicates these two straight to slightly procurved eyes rows are as seen in a frontal view. (I didn't actually know that.)

I looked at my Hololena specimen, just to compare, and sure enough, the anterior row is recurved -- oops, wrong, "strongly procurved" is more like it.*

Paquin & Dupérré, 2003, show frontal views of Agelenopsis and Tegenaria. I can't read the French, but Agelenopsis (Hololena does not occur in Canada according to Chamberlin & Ivie, 1942) appears strongly procurved in the frontal view and Tegenaria only moderately procurved.

BTW, were there any markings on the sternum? What did the genitalia look like? A photo or drawing would be cool. (hint, hint) ;-)


* Those terms (procurved and recurved) are dangerous, anyway, in my hands -- I constantly have to remind myself, almost mantra-like, which is which, out of a fear that I'll mix them up.

Now you've all got me second
Now you've all got me second guessing myself! :)

Just to be sure, I sent these photos of the eyes and sternum to Darrell Ubick, Arachnology curator at the California Academy of Sciences to ask his opinion as well. I'm still hanging with Tegenaria although I will admit the curvature of the eye rows is fairly steep. Any other opinions?

I think this is going to be very helpful. I'm trying to take more pictures of the living spiders before collecting them. In many cases the color and pattern of the living spider's have never been described. Often, only their reproductive structures are illustrated,which makes sense considering the effects of preservatives over even a very short time.

Why Tegenaria?
It sure looks more like some of the other spiders in Agelenidae to me.

I was surprised as well, but
I was surprised as well, but I checked the eye arrangement (two parallel procurved rows)and they have patterned sternums.

I hope you're wrong =]
or else I'll need to adjust my idea of Tegenaria, which I don't want to do!

No need to change your search
No need to change your search image Lynette! I just need to not jump the gun so fast on my i.d.'s :)

Thank you again!


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