Matt

Joined: Aug 13, 2022 Last Active: Jul 14, 2024 iNaturalist

I like Spiders. Mam rad pavuky. Szeretem a pókokat.

Currently surveying Aggteleki NP in Hungary (under permit).

Particularly fond of Walckenaeria.

Also at present hoping to get more confirmed sightings of Pardosa alacris which I think is the most common (but not the only) member of Pardosa lugubris complex in leaf litter in both Slovakia and Hungary (or at least the parts I have visited!). This can be confirmed (or denied) with adult males by capturing the spider in a clean glass vial or clear plastic bag and taking a photo of the top of the palp cymbium (the boxing glove!) which should show a broad orange spot. Please feel free to tag me with any attempts to id this taxon regardless of location.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/155665286

Note i'm happy to be pinged for help in species ID for European species, but for Linyphiidae at least, you need good angles on the genital structures, preferably under a dissecting microscope, and ideally Tm1, T.S.F. and Tm4 y/n
and still set your expectations of a diagnosis low.

Tm1 is the ratio of where the dorsal Trichobothria occurs along the length of the Metatarsus from the tibia end towards the tarsus for the front-most legs (legs 1).

T.S.F. the Tibial Spine Formula is the number of dorsal spines on legs from front to back e.g. 2211 means 2 on Tibia I and II and 1 on Tibia III and IV.

Tm4 is the presence or absence of a Trichobothria on Metatarsus IV and even with a good quality microscopic view this is hard to be certain off, almost impossible from photographs, even exceptional quality macro-work.

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