This spider is less than 3mm from the most anterior part of its cephalothorax to the posterior end of its abdomen.
This is not a very detailed study because this is the first spider I have tried to image with the scanning electron microscope. I had a problem with the build up of charge on the spider (which distorts the image). I will have to do some research and experimentation to figure out how to keep this from happening.
Never the less, the following images should give you a feel for the marvelous strangeness of spiders - some of my most favorite creatures on the planet.
A closer look at the abdomen [50x]
You may notice the absence of spinnerets on the posterior end. On this species they are on the ventral surface of the abdomen.
Dorsal Abdomen [384x]
A look at the pedicel that connects the cephalothorax (right) to the abdomen (left) [255x]
Cephalothorax and eyes [90x]
Cephalothorax and eyes [160x]
Ridges become apparent
Femur of the hind most leg on the right side of spider [350x]
Patella at top, Tibia below [200x]
Look carefully and you can see three distinct type of hairs.
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