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Marsh 0910 3 052

Observed: 14th August 2009 By: WildpadWildpad’s reputation in InvertebratesWildpad’s reputation in InvertebratesWildpad’s reputation in Invertebrates
marsh 0910 3 052
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mattprince1969's picture

I've agreed with both of the identifications..

Spot on with the genus and the correct species pair, and with the fact that this *probably* is, m.segmentata.

However Chris is correct in that this can't be identified confidently to species from this photograph. The timing might be better for m.segmentata, but it does not rule out an occasional m.mengei.

The adult season for both on the SRS website illustrates this :-


(previous species for m.segmentata).

..and metellina can be identified to species level from a photograph, it just needs to be a very, very, good macro shot on the correct area for the given sex (palps and tarsal fringes for males, epigyne from a perfectly dorsal aspect for females).


chrisbrooks's picture

ID from photographs

Hi Matt, I do agree with your last statement. I should have put "from this photograph" in hindsight.

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...thank you all for all the info.