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Dman

Any ideas?

Found this on my porch this morning. San Diego, Ca. Any clues as to what kind of spider it is?

Any ideas?
Dman, Oct 15, 2019
    • NYAN
      Neoscona sp. Maybe a male?
      Ungoliant, Dman and CEC like this.
    • Dman
      Seemed a little to hairy and the abdomen to small for an orb weaver. The eyes are really forward also.

      I just looked at some images of neoscona and found one similar in the same position. I think you may be correct
    • Stratton
      What's the scale on it? How big is it I mean.
      With those eyes and legs I'd guess wolf spider but the setae is kind of throwing me to even consider jumping spider if it's actually really small.
    • NYAN
      @Stratton The eyes aren’t visible in the photo. Araneidae have front facing eyes.
    • Stratton
      @NYAN I know, I thought maybe they were being covered by the setae and the angle of the picture or they could have been the little dark and black dots on the front of the head.
    • Dman
      @Stratton So it is a male Neoscona to @NYAN got it right. I confirmed it this morning by seeing it hanging out by the web of a large female that has set up camp on my front porch. He is looking for love.
    • Stratton
      @Dman Never occurred to me it could be a species with sexual dimorphism. Good job @NYAN
    • NYAN
      @Stratton The females actually look relatively similar. I guess all spiders have dimorphism when they are mature. These look a bit more thin and they don’t hang out in webs.
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