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Red legged Purse Web spider in Weston Bend State Park, Weston, Missouri
I photographed what I now believe to be, from your website, a red legged Purse Web Spider in Weston Bend State Park in Weston, Missouri. This is approximately 30 Miles North West of Kansas City. All of the notes seemed to show this being sited mainly on the east coast and in the south. I thought I’d submit the photo and the siteing for whatever it
may be worth.
Derrik Dickey

Hi Derrik,
We checked the email several times while on holiday, and were ecstatic to get your image of a male Red Legged Purseweb Spider, supposedly an endangered species. Before we could even unpack after returning, we needed to post your wonderful siting. Thanks for the contribution.

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4 Responses to Endangered Species: Red Legged Purseweb Spider

  1. Joan Curry says:

    Great photo! But “supposedly” an endangered species? Hm. I just spent a little over an hour searching the web for any listings of this species. I found many people claiming it’s endangered, but its global status is G4 (Apparently Secure), and it seems only 4 states have assigned any conservation status to it. The most severe is Maryland, which considers it definitely imperiled and possibly critically so. Florida calls it Vulnerable. The statuses assigned by the other two states basically say that its status can’t be assigned.

  2. valerie odel says:

    I found this big guy crawling across my back porch in Loveland Ohio…

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