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Photo#488723
Kansas Spider

Kansas Spider
Atchison, Atchison County, Kansas, USA
October 10, 2009
Size: Around 4 inches
This very long-legged spider was hunting on top of peppery milky cap mushrooms. The mushroom it'self was over 4 inches in diameter. Inside wooded area, no water near-by.

Moved
Moved from ID Request. I couldn't frass it. I just think it's too interesting you may have shot it waiting for prey to fall into that mushroom.

Tough angle.
Wonder if it might be a male Pisaurina mira

 
Size
I had glanced at a possible Nurseryweb ID...but didn't think this was one from the images I went thru.
Do you know of specific species that are listed for Kansas by chance?
Also, going back thru notes, at the time I didn't notice color varience of it's abdomen like most the Nurseryweb's I saw?
Sorry can't help with better images...it was a pretty dim location and once I realized what I was looking at I was only able to get 2 images and it was gone.

 
fishing spider
Not a good shot for IDing, so it'll probably be frassed. However, it is interesting. I wonder if this fishing spider could be hunting bugs that get caught inside that mushroom.

 
That summer
..I know was a VERY wet one. We had record rain-falls. Very possible it's meals WERE from inside water-filled structures like the larger mushroom caps?
I study fungi and mushrooms and know for fact there were other species that year in that area that were almost 12inches in diameter that were funnel-shaped.......capable of holding water for insects.
My interest in arachnids is definately growing in the extreme...will make more efforts on clearer closer images of their eyes now that I know it can help so much.

 
Eyes, clear dorsal and ventral (female) shots
are usually the three best shots. In this case we can narrow it down just based on habitus (over all look of the spider).

The ventral shot helps for females... side view of the palp helps for males. However, for some species like this fishing spider all that would be needed is a clear dorsal image.

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