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Nigma linsdalei? - Nigma linsdalei

Nigma linsdalei? - Nigma linsdalei
Santa Barbara County, California, USA
August 3, 2012
Size: ~5mm legspan
Found under small sheet web (~1cm) on the underside of a coast live oak leaf in Burton Mesa chaparral habitat

Moved to Nigma linsdalei
Moved from Mesh Web Weavers. SONA lists the white blotches on the carapace as a key feature for this genus. I think we can be fairly certain we've got this right.

Moved to Mesh Web Weavers (Dictynidae)
Moved from Spiders.

Gertsch 1958 - Heterodictyna linsdalei (Nigma linsdalei)
This pretty species, which we dedicate to Dr. Jean M. Linsdale with pleasure and respect, is a near ally of Heterodictyna flavescens Walckenaer and the several other European and North African species previously assigned by Simon to the subgenus Ergatis. The much greater development of the patellar lobe on the male palpus distinguishes it from the known species.

DISTRIBUTION: Coastal ranges of California from Marin County to Los Angeles.

The following Palearctic species are at present assigned to the genus Heterodictyna: Dictyna puella Simon, flavescens Walckenaer, viridissima Walckenaer, hortensis Simon, patellaris Simon, and numicida Dennis.

I was quite surprised he didn't talk about it being green.. rather he described it as yellow. I'm not sure if he was looking at fresh specimens. I think it's reasonable that we should look at other spiders in this family before moving forward.

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