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Trash Line Spider

Cyclosa sp.

Description:

Another species of Trash Line Spider. While still around 5 mm in length and just as well camouflaged, this one has an elongated abdomen in the shape of a turban and completely lacks tubercles of any kind (see 2nd and last pictures). Family Araneidae.

Habitat:

Semi-rural residential area, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico 2,200 meters.

Notes:

See also https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/56... and https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/72.... Jeremy Hussell of Canada writes "Cyclosa conica's range just barely extends into Mexico in the north. The shape of the abdomen is also somewhat different. I suspect this is C. coylei, or possibly C. jalapa. Either way, a great observation!" I haven't found good pictures of either C. coylei or C. jalapa, so I will leave it at Generic level only. https://bugguide.net/node/view/52645 https://bugguide.net/node/view/48743/bgp...

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2 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 weeks ago

Extraordinary spotting Lauren.

AshleyT
AshleyT 2 weeks ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

LaurenZarate
Spotted by
LaurenZarate

San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico

Lat: 16.71, Long: -92.61

Spotted on Jun 19, 2019
Submitted on Jun 22, 2019

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