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Assassin? - Pseudosaica florida

Assassin? - Pseudosaica florida
Spiderweb, Aiken County, South Carolina, USA
August 12, 2011
Came to light.

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Moved from Saica elkinsi.

fam. page & wish list updated
thanks a ton, Dan.

Oh Oh Oh!
You're close V, this is actually Pseudosaica florida (Barber), 1953. Used to be in Saica but Blinn (1990) raised it to a new genus based on the different form of the genitalia. They can also be separated by color pattern. As evidenced by the original name of the species Saica fuscovittata Barber, 1914 (new epithet replaced a homonym), this species has a dark midlongitudinal stripe. Saica elkinsi Blinn, 1994 (with which Saica florida was confused for a long time) is uniformly yellow-brown.

JC, do you have this specimen? To be 100%, I would want to take a look at the pygophore although I'm not certain about the sex either. Additionally, saicines aren't very commonly collected and this species is known from only a few states.

sorry... i made a mistake assessing the antennomere ratio used in the key(1) --i guess it's just not visible here...

Right, shame on you...
for not being able to distinguish 1/3 versus 1/2 the length in a photograph. Bah! Your assessment was magnificent based on what you had available. Blinn's key omits the color difference between the species.

=SWEET!!= Moved tentatively; Dan will set me straight
hope i'm not much off...

Moved from True Bugs.

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