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Meedo sp. A Gallienellid

Discovered at the World Science Festival with Robert Raven. We had Dolomedes briangreenei on display in his goldfish bowl. Children by the hundreds streamed through all day. They love picking through trays of beatings and left litter. They have very sharp eyes and nimble little fingers. This tiny specimen was an extraordinary find, from leaf litter gathered at Walton Bridge Reserve. It is from the elusive family Gallieniellidae, barely known. It has fangs nearly paralell, rather than pointing inwards like other araneomorph families. This is possibly the first photo of living Gallieniellid ever published.

Facing


Gallieniellidae Meedo
Photo: Robert Whyte

Showing long, nearly parallel fangs


Gallieniellidae Meedo
Photo: Robert Whyte

 

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