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Black bodiless spider

Black bodiless spider
Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
July 21, 2013
Size: about an inch in diameter
Found on a crab pot

Perhaps Anoplodactylus lentus?
See here for a comprehensive key: The Pycnogonida of the Western North Atlantic and the Caribbean. While your picture obviously doesn't have enough detail for this to be keyed out properly, I wonder if it would be possible to determine anyway...

Joyce has some

Well, I'm thrilled! What a find!
Good work!

I have never heard of such a thing. Amazing.

Moved from ID Request.

I'm not sure if all of my fellow editors will be thrilled, but I think it's an excellent addition. Now, if we could find an expert to narrow down the ID a bit... :)

Image cropped for placement.

On a crab pot, you say?

Do you think this could be added to the Guide ... ?

The guide has photos of crabs taken in aquariums, so I think this photo could definitely go in the guide, especially considering how similar it looks to a real spider. It will need its own new class page.

Yay, a new arachnid (sort of) for the Guide!
I'd love to see it added. I misread crab pot and was envisioning some kind of flower pot! At first I thought it looked like Black Widow exuvium but noticed the leg lengths weren't right.

I think you got it ...

Might be the shed exoskeleton left over from a spider molt.

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