Agelenidae
(Funnel Weavers)

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Picture of Agelenidae (Funnel Weavers) - Dorsal
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Southernborn
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Looks like a jumping spider

Galvantula
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Either a Grass Funnel-web or a Wolf Spider. There are lots of species with this coloration.

TangledWeb
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I attempted to learn whether the number of claws on the spiders’ feet (tarsal claws) could be used as a way to rule out some families of spiders in identification. So far, all I’ve found is that Wolf Spiders have three per leg. This spider appears to have two, but there may be a third I can’t see. I couldn’t find any charts, or barely any other info online about spider claws. If anyone knows of a good source please add a link.

ItsyBitsy
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Agelenidae has three claws also. I almost never use a key because I learned to ID without one so I had to look that one up.

TangledWeb
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I learned the strict tedious way – from the start of a massive key only. We had to write it out at every taxonomic level from Kingdom down, none of that ‘ looking at the pictures stuff.’ ;(

ItsyBitsy
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My way was harder in the short term. I had no idea what I was doing, taking pictures of spiders in my house and spending uncountable hours trying to find them with google.

TangledWeb
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And there was much less accurate info available online when you started. I’ve been learning spiders your way, it involves a lot of early memorization. Keys don’t work well with photos of spiders. They are much more useful for plants. My specific morphological focus was on plants and insects in college. When I take plant photos for later ID, I take photos of undersides of leaves, roots, stems, buds, etc. My phone’s Photos file looks sadly obsessive and boring to anyone who snoops into it – lots of plant parts and blurry spiders.

ItsyBitsy
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There are several very similar genera out west so I can’t give a firm ID, I don’t think this is an Agelenopsis however. Compare to Hololena nedra: https://bugguide.net/node/view/237303/bgimage

TangledWeb
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I see what you mean, the prosoma and posterior are more rounded than Agelenopsis.

ItsyBitsy
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Stockier legs and relatively shorter spinnerets are what I notice.

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