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Photo#739176
Pirate Spider? - Metellina mimetoides

Pirate Spider? - Metellina mimetoides
Escondido, San Diego County, California, USA
January 19, 2013
This spider was on the side of the house

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Moved tentatively
Moved from ID Request. ID based on range and habitus. M. curtisi ruled out by comparing to images in the guide.

 
Thanks
Hi Lynette, thank you for the tentative move. I'll keep my eye out for this one in hopes of gaining the necessary detail.

Additional shots
I just checked Levi 1980a and a view of the palp tibia should let us confirm if this is M. mimetoides.

Did you get any additional shots that show the palps from a more or less horizontal angle? The third shot is close, but the legs are hiding the segment we need to see.

 
:(
Hi kyrontf, unfortunately these are the only shots I got of this beauty. Now I know to take a true horizontal next time. I really appreciate everyone's help with this one!

Metellina
I'd guess a long-jawed orb weaver in genus Metellina.

Let's see what others think.

 
Yes,
maybe a Metellina mimetoides?

 
...
Do you think we should add this species to the "Similar Looking Spiders in Different Families" page? I figured it was something else but couldn't remember what. http://bugguide.net/node/view/322051

 
Yes,
I've added it. Thanks.

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