Microneta viaria  (LINYPHIIDAE)

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Both the males and females of this spider are between 2.5 and 3 mm long). It is common, being found mainly in leaf litter (as was the case with these samples, which were collected in February). The group of hairs just visible at the right of the micrograph of the pedipalp is a convenient identification aid for this species.


Head and chelicerae of a male Microneta viaria Head and chelicerae of a female Microneta viaria Left Pedipalp (male sexual organ) of Microneta viaria
Epigyne (female sexual organ) of Microneta viaria Spinnerets of Microneta viaria Tarsal claw of Microneta viaria. The central hook, for grabbing silk, is clearly visible and one the barbed spines can also just be made out.
Pedipalp of a female Microneta viaria. There is no claw visible. Possibly this had broken off during the preparation.