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Small spider - Wamba crispulus

Small spider - Wamba crispulus
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
April 20, 2011
Size: 2-3 mm

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Moved to Wamba crispulus
Moved from Cobweb Spiders. I agree with Lynette. Compare with

Could this be Wamba crispulus?
I'm looking for that species... and this pattern is a pretty good match. See my forum topic here.

This has such a distinctive appearance -- it is driving me crazy that I can't find it. I've looked in Levi 1955a, 1957a, 1963a, but not yet found anything (based on the available illustrations only). It did remind me a little of his description and drawing of T. goodnightorum, but that's a western species and I think RC would have recognized then.

distinctive appearance
When I haven't seen something before and it occurs early in the season I don't spend a lot of time looking for it because I figure there's a good chance it's the juvenile of something.. and will look completely different as an adult (color and pattern). For example look at this juvenile californicum.

Compare to adult here

Here are some adults Rich posted lately

Maybe so
You could be right, but I think this specimen is probably mature. Well, as always with photos only, we'll never know. Will have to wait until the next one turns up.

Moved from Spiders. From Rod Crawford: definitely theridiid but I don't recognize the species either.

Nice find! I don't recognize it right off hand, but will take a look at Levi 1957a today to see if he perhaps has a habitus drawing. Speaking of which, you don't by any chance have a straight-on dorsal view?


Unfortunately . . .
I don't. This gal was so small and in a corner on a wood fence. I couldn't get that angle. :(

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