The abdomen is quite flattened but it doesn't seem as big as some of the images of the Walnut Orb Weaver Spider so I wasn't sure if this was one? The body size is approx 10mm
My location is BA12 0SS and sighting was today 30 July 14
The most sensible thing, as always if you want a considered sensible opinion, is to send the actual spider.
With no previous experience of the species, I was hoping for clear confirmation that male theonoe minutissima does not normally have a scutum or sclerotized book lung cover from someone who has collected same. Its not mentioned in the literature so I thought it unlikely.
The photograph as ever is for illustrative purposes, my set-up/skill isn't good enough to provide the clarity I would like, but in this case the orange anterior end of the abdomen is a hard material. I did wonder if I had made a mistake in my determination but can find nothing in either Theridiidae or Linyphiidae with this kind of scutum in any of the literature available to me, and the genitalia, size and general habitus all match Theonoe minutussima *and* there was a female present same situation.
The possibility of it something external had occured to me, but its symmetrical and tight to the abdomen, so I think not.
Specimen was sieved from slightly damp leaf and pine litter in mixed woodland.
I will send you the specimen if you like - I have other material that requires confirmation and/or I would value your opinion on.
Best Regards, Matt Prince
What precisely was the habitat and location in the habitat?
going through some specimens from the BAS meet - in this case from the black wood of Rannoch - and I'm looking at what I'm fairly certain is my first theonoe minutissima male ~ the odd thing is it appears to have a ventral scutum covering the book lungs :-
Yet I can find nothing in the literature about this.
It seems unlikely this is an omission for LM&M and Roberts.. so is this a rare anomolay? Or a mistake on my part?
best regards, Matt Prince
Any chance you could take a look at this Spider photographed at Westhay Moor reserve in Somerset today please, I have searched but not been able to make a positive ID, I think it is a Wolf Spider and the closest photo match I could find was pirata latitans.
It's size was approx from nose to tail 20-25mm
Grid ref ST 453 439 : July 09 2014
Any help greatly appreciated.
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