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Tiny green spider--Nigma? - Nigma linsdalei - male

Tiny green spider--Nigma? - Nigma linsdalei - Male
Merritt College, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
March 9, 2012
Size: 2mm
This spider isn't right for Lynx, and looks similar to Nigma lindalei but has a black patch on the abdomen, and the cephalothorax is green. I don't know if this is because it hasn't yet reached maturity, or if this is something else.

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Moved
Moved from Nigma. I've been doing more reading on this genus, and I think this has to be right. Thanks.

Moved
Moved from Spiders. I'm going to leave this at genus level for now since it's a juvenile so I don't think we can be sure of the ID. If you can get follow-up adult shots that would be great.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

With the smooth palps
it is certainly a subadult male. Here's the link to the BugGuide images

Others know this species better than we, but here's a link to one of its cousins with a similar, but brown, spot: puella
and one of linsdalei with a green cephalothorax here, currently image seven

 
green spider with black spot
Mallos mians, Mallos pearcei, Nigma linsdalei are all listed for CA and have descriptions that might match.

Mallos mians description says ...In many cases the abdomen is quite pale and presents a large blackish spot at about the center of the dorsum, however this species is more commonly found in southern CA.

Mallos pearcei - Dorsum of abdomen with a dusky pattern much as in mians or with a mottled aspect. (again more common in southern CA)

Nigma linsdalei - Abdomen yellowish behind, with an irregular pattern of milky white spots showing through the integument,occasionally with a conspicuous red or black central spot, and clothed sparsely with gray hairs. Coastal ranges of California from Marin County to Los Angeles.

Nigma linsdalei does seem like a good choice.

 
hairs
Not finding many images online, I took another look at the spider. The N. linsdalei description does seem to fit. There are light colored hairs on the abdomen, and the milky white spots do appear to be showing through.
There are also black hairs on the palps.

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