[Taxacom] a spider mystery

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Mon Jul 26 21:00:06 CDT 2010


anybody know what's going on with these claws: 
http://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cycloctenus_female.jpg
the lumps on the ends are somewhat irregularly shaped, but their 
presence/absence on this specimen is nearly symmetrical
the spiders are good clingers, even to smoothish rock
this specimen is from a pitfall trap sample (I haven't checked any others yet)
I don't know if it is a deformity, a preservation artefact, or some sort of 
secretion???


      


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