Through a Green Lynx Spider…

Screenshot_20160830-132620_1.   I had never seen a green coloured spider before…so when I found it in my native I immediately captured it so th

at I could observe it under my Foldscope.

Turns out it is known as a Green Lynx Spider(Peucetia viridans).Well I saw a female one.I was amazed to observe it details.There were few blood red patches between the eyes & a few reddish pink spots throughout its body along the abdominal lining.The whole body is greenish to yellowish in colour.There are hair like structures scattered throughout its body.I could also see the cell lines…may be the dermal skin.

The appendages or legs had few spine like structures scattered & at the joints of its legs also there are red patches.Even I could see very few black spots in it.It’s mouth is like any other spider.Also I could some thread like vessels inside its body.

With this I end my 1 st post & I request all others to add their views about it & make me more knowledgeable.

Still more to come😊.



13 Comments Add yours

  1. laksiyer says:

    Hi @NISHTHA. Great seeing you on microcosmos. Happy to see a fellow Ruiaite. This is a wonderful post and it is obvious that you have gained complete proficiency over the foldscope focusing process. As you may know, this species of spider is restricted to the Indian subcontinent, so in a sense the rest of the world gets to see this through your eyes, so keep it coming. Which place was this picked from (worth mentioning for coordinates)? While the spider might have died preventing you from taking a macro pic, it might be worth putting up a picture of the spider (perhaps from the web) so that we know which species you were looking at.
    Some comments:
    1. The video appears horizontally stretched, some issue with aspect ratio that you might be able to fix.
    2. I loved the eyes, but counted only 6, there must be two more somewhere.
    3. Are there two sizes of hair? I thought I saw two.
    4. The green color with the really aesthetic red dots suggests a certain pigment. My best guess is that this is a heme-like pigment, perhaps carried by a hemoglobin-like protein. The red, green and yellow colors can all be generated by the same heme depending on its oxidation state (e.g. in us).
    5. I saw the epidermal cells that you write about— super cool..

    6. Live spiders are great under the foldscope 🙂

    @Manu once told me that he could store live spiders in ziplock bags for weeks. Have you seen his spider development series. Wonder if you could do something similar for these native species.

    Keep it coming.

    Keep it coming.

    1. Thank you so much sir for your detailed comment.I would definitely work towards it & would discover more & more from my side.

    2. @LAKSIYER Sir,even I had preserved the spider in zip lock bag but while observing under the slide it died eventually.I had captivated it from my native in Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra & it had come out of a bunch of Bel leaves.

  2. MaxCoyle says:

    What a cool specimen! Thanks for this post

    1. Thank you so much @MAXCOYLE. Will try to bring more towards foldscoping.😊

  3. laksiyer says:

    I wonder if your aspect ratio problem is because you uploaded the mp4 directly to the microcosmos website. An easier route I follow is to upload the video it into youtube or vimeo and just insert a link (there is such an option, “insert media from URL” and the video will be embedded. Worth trying for the next time.

    1. Yeah I would definitely try this out next time I post something new.Thank you for the suggestion @LAKSIYER sir.

  4. laksiyer says:

    @Nishtha, the great fort of Sindhudurg is a long past memory, you should get some water samples from there next time.

    1. Yes surely I will get them @LAKSIYER Sir

  5. Matthew Rossi says:

    @Nishtha really this is a gorgeous post! As a lover of spiders, I hope you post more of these. Your shots of her eyes and her jaws are extraordinary. I wonder how you knew she was female, though. I love spiders and always wonder where they lie on the reproductive spectrum. Are there markers? Also, your shot of her abdomen gets us a great view of the spinerets. I wonder if a spider could be induced into producing silk under the foldscope.

    1. @MATTHEW ROSSI I gt to know that it was a female one when I read about it’s description on Google…I hope it’s right.N by the way what do u mean by ‘markers’??

  6. laksiyer says:

    Nishtha: Distinguishing male and female spiders can be quite a challenge and markers are those that help in separating them. Often the males are smaller and might have differences in leg length relative to the body.

    1. Ohh Ohkay @LAKSIYER Sir. Then I might be wrong😅

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