[Taxacom] a spider mystery

Robin Leech releech at telusplanet.net
Mon Jul 26 22:15:13 CDT 2010

Hi Stephen,
I haven't a clue, but if you find out, I would really appreciate
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stephen Thorpe" <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
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Sent: Monday, July 26, 2010 8:00 PM
Subject: [Taxacom] a spider mystery

> 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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