Green Lynx (Peucetia spp.), Tom S., Austin TX 120408Green Lynx Spider--Tom S., Austin, TX: This spider was photographed by Tom S., in Austin, TX, and sent in on 120408. Tom is an excellent photog with the gift of patience and an eye for composition. The spider is a female with simple distal palps and diaxial fangs that project down, below a long face with a high clypeus, rather than outward, as in the Mygalmorphae. That, plus several other anatomical markers, places it in the infraorder Araneomorphae. As shown in the pages that follow, this spider is (1) ecribellate, without cribellum or calimistrum, (2) has eight small eyes with (3) the Posterior Eye Row recurved, and the Anterior Eye Row procurved, so that the PER and AER, together, form a hexagon high on the face, near the anterior apex of the pars cephalica, (4) an epigynum--making it entellegyne--and (5) tarsi with scattered trichobothria, and remarkably noticeable spines on all its legs, from femur to tarsus. These features, along with a strikingly unique appearance and coloration, establish this as a lynx spider in the Oxyopidae family, an important taxonomical grouping of spiders that, in North America, is represented by 3 genera and 18 species (Ubick et al, [2005], p. 189)-----NEXT PAGE------PAGE MENU: 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * 5

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