III - Practical hintsI am in favor of pictorial identification and comparison of species: by direct comparison of specimens, or their photographs, or drawings. It is a natural approach, by which we recognize faces of people, it requires some initial experience, “training of taxonomist’s eyes”, but when that is acquired, it works faster that any highly scientific methods.
|Salticidae specimen, dorsal: alive and faded one after 30 years in alcohol|
|Frontal view: face - eyes & clypeus, palps, legs I. Lateral viev: profile of carapace, height, posterior slope; shape & proportions of abdomen. Chelicera: internal margin dentition.|
|Epigyne in situ and cleared in 10-20% solution of KOH, to show internal structures|
|Pedipals, ventral and lateral views: note bulbus, embolus, spermophor, tibial apophysis|
(©Photographs by P. Koomen)