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Spider BG406 - male

Spider BG406 - Male
Baton Rouge, Brookhollow Drive, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
August 20, 2006
Size: body length 4 mm.
Notable features include the slightly constricted carapace, rough angular abdomen and the "pointy things sticking out in front", as seen on photo 3 of 7 (are these tibial apophyses?).
The eye arrangement and other features appear to be consistant with Corinnidae, maybe Castaineira. We think it is an adult male. We don't mind being wrong about any or all of the above, so please help.

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Spider BG406 - male Spider BG406 - male Spider BG406 - male Spider BG406 - male

This one
reminds me of Neriene.

Moved from True Spiders.

I may be showing my ignorance about spiders...
but the "pointy things" are on the pseudopalps, which aren't legs- does one speak of tibiae on anything but legs?

"pointy things"
The six segments of the palp are endite, trochanter, femur, patella, tibia, and tarsus as compared with the seven segments of the leg which are coxa, trochanter, femur, patella, tibia, metatarsus and tarsus. Note that the palp lacks a metatarsus. It appeared to me that the "pointy thing" was associated with the segment adjacent to the tarsus or "palpal organ" as it is also known on males. This adjacent segment would be the tibia.

It is indeed a male spider. The shape of the abdomen is typical of many male spiders that become emaciated while searching for mates. Could also be the result of a 'bad' molt. It is not a diagnostic character useful for identification.

Thanks Eric,
I have posted a couple of photos here, that show the change in appearance of the abdomen in an emaciated spider after it is fed a few good meals.

I have a question...
I followed the link to the emaciated spider and my question is (and I know this sounds stupid but I really don't know), how do you give water to a spider? Put out a little dish or just drops of water?

Thirsty spiders, etc
An excellent inexpensive(free)spider resource may be found here. This is actually the first chapter of this book(1). On page 10 you can find information on watering spider livestock. I presume this PDF can be downloaded and kept handy.
Thanks for your interest in our images.

Thank you!
That was very informative and fascinating!

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