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Recluse spider from New Orleans - Loxosceles rufescens - female

Recluse spider from New Orleans - Loxosceles rufescens - Female
Audubon Zoo, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
September 14, 2012
Size: 7mm
I was given two live Loxosceles specimens today, collected by a Tulane student who volunteers at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. I'll preserve them and try to refine the ID to L. rufescens or L. reclusa, but for now I am keeping them alive.

The female isn't much smaller-bodied than the male, as I first thought, but her body:leg size ratio is different (shorter legs). Also, her abdomen is much darker, and her fiddle-back is much less pigmented. I expect them both to be L. rufescens, but I'm very curious nevertheless.

Moved
Moved from Brown Spiders.

Here's the male from the same site, date.

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