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Really weird spider - Rhomphaea fictilium - male

Really weird spider - Rhomphaea fictilium - Male
Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
June 26, 2012
Size: ~7mm body length
Found hanging from a horizontal thread on the deck. Not sure what this thing is, never seen a spider like him before. At first I thought Tetragnatha because of the build, but as soon as I started photographing him, his odd features became apparent. Spinnerets in the middle of the abdomen, palps "facing outward", the odd eye arrangement (there are eight eyes), and the chelicerae almost look like they're fused into the rest of the head.

He's pretty agile on a web, but very clumsy on the ground. I don't know where to start with this guy. Got him in a cozy container right now, so if any other angles are needed, I can try to get them.

Apologies for the huge barrage of images - just wanted to cover the peculiar features as much as possible.

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I agree Rhomphaea fictilium
Moved from Spiders.

You can barrage the guide with images at any time. You are making some wonderful additions to the spider pages.

 
Thanks
I'll release him tonight since he seems to be nocturnal. Would be nice to find a female of the species too, sometime.

Good to know these large submissions aren't unwelcome. :D

Reminds us of Rhomphaea

Great series of shots!

 
Thanks a lot!
That looks a lot like him. I didn't even think to check Theridiidae because the eyes looked very different to me, but looking through the images there, I think that's what he must be. Probably Rhomphaea fictilium based on range.

Again, many thanks!

Spinnerets
Maybe the shape of the abdomen is just strange, and the place the spinnerets are at is really the anatomical end of the abdomen?

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