Unidentified

Picture ID 72611

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

Found this in a tomato planter outside my house. I live in the woods

  • Submitted by: 
    ERath14
  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2019
  • Photographed: Jul 17, 2019
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Richmond , Rhode Island, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Low foliage (shrubs, herbs, garden, excluding flowers),High foliage (includes trees and tree trunks),Forest
  • Found in web?: No
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Arach
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Looks like a Harvestman; Harvestmen are arachnids, but not spiders.

TangledWeb
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https://jeb.biologists.org/content/222/3/jeb192187 This is a recent article about why Harvestmen, Opilione arachnids, have great climbing ability on smooth surfaces. They have the greatest ability, of arthropods, to curl their feet upwards. I was trying to find out what the posture of the one in the photo is for. Was it alive when the photo was taken?

Arach
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The creature is moulting, which explains the odd-looking posture.

TangledWeb
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Oh, the ‘I should’ve wondered why it has 16 legs’ thing. That made for a great photo! I’ve obviously never seen an Opilione half-way through molting before.