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Linyphiid - Linyphantes victoria - female

Linyphiid - Linyphantes victoria - Female
Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
November 28, 2012
Size: ~2.4mm body length
Found on a tarp. The epigynum reminds me of Linyphantes, but this one is quite different in coloration from any I've seen!

This set was taken with a Canon SX40 HS superzoom I got yesterday. I'm having a blast with it! I stuck a Raynox DCR-250 on for the habitus shots, and reversed an old 50mm lens for the epigynum/metatarsus ones. Surprisingly (and embarrassingly), it holds its own in terms of detail against my more expensive DSLR setup!

I'm not familiar with the camera yet and I think I muddled the white balance, so apologies if the colors look a little weird. Hopefully I can get a proper flash for it soon too. I've got a really clunky optically triggered setup working in the meantime, but it's not fun to use.

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ID from Rod Crawford
"The new ventral version you attached is the best yet. Based on this (and the original posterior view) I'd say probably L. victoria. "

This one took a couple of tries with the epigynum using different lighting methods. Many thanks once more to Rod for his guidance and patience!

Moved from Spiders.

Linyphantes pualla
Based on what I've been watching you post I would have guessed Linyphantes pualla, but I'll be waiting to see what it really is.

 
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Not sure, I can't see the same structures in the epigynum. Could be that's due to differences in the angle of the shots, and the ventral one isn't very clear. I've emailed Rod. :)

 
I didn't mean that's my guess..
I meant that's what I would have guessed without an epigyne. I don't even look at those images... that'd be a waste of time since we have Rod to help us and more realistically I don't know what to look for anyway. =]

As for the camera.... I think you may be at genius level with camera equipment. I've always been told... it's not your camera it's how well you know how to use it.

 
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Oh, yes, it does have a similar pattern on the abdomen. Rod said the coloration can vary this much too. Linyphiid epigynums are confusing. I don't know what to look for either with most of them. :)

While I think there is truth to "it's not the camera, it's the photographer", gear sure helps! :D It can be really simple gear though. Any point and shoot with a Raynox or standard lens (reversed) should give sharp results. The most important bit in my experience is the lighting, especially how it's diffused. I'm now using a diffuser fitted to the Raynox that's based on Hock Ping Guek's design:
http://orionmystery.blogspot.ca/2010/10/mt24ex-concave-diffuser-quick-update.html
but just a single flash since I don't have a twin setup.

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