Matthew S. Lindsey

Unido: 11.nov.2022 Última actividad: 01.abr.2023 iNaturalist

"Stick with the Lord like a spider's web and you'll live with Him forever and ever."

I am a Christian homeschooler from Dayton, Ohio, with an oversized obsession for spiders as well as any other organism, though, spiders are my area of expertise and have been my favorite organisms ever since I first heard of them. Some of my favorite non-spider organisms are centipedes (Chilopoda), harvestmen and other arachnids (Opiliones and other Arachnida), snakes (Serpentes), anteaters (Vermilingua), and rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae). I am bewildered by Creation, so aside from the identifications I make, I love to observe God's amazing creatures, especially spiders! Because I have so many spider stats and facts I really want to share with others, I am currently writing a new comprehensive overview of the 132 current spider families, as well as information on many previous and future families. Some of these facts include facts such as that jumping spiders can actually sleep! Others include those such as that bright lungless spiders probably have no related spider families and are probably not even araneomorphs! My book, non-profit, will likely be sold on as A Field Guide to Spider Families of the World for about $32 (base price). The book includes characters for distinguishing all 132 families and lists all 4,300 spider genera, many spider genera will be illustrated with stunningly beautiful photographs from my kind contributors. My many thanks go out to them! The photographs, as well as the few illustrations, include faces, egg sacs, courtship behaviors, and more. The taxonomic affinities are further provided in the information on each family as well as biology of many genera when known. If you don't have any prior experience in spider terminology (i.e., you aren't familiar with the many, many body parts), my book will have an easy-to-understand introduction to these terms, but you must memorize and recognize them otherwise my book may not be of any use to you. If you are ever reading anything I write and it just doesn't make much sense, feel free to message me via private message and I will happily explain! Right now, I am currently working on the handful of wishbone spider families (seven or eight depending on what you go by).

If wished to be informed in the time of the publishing, one must follow me or, better yet, join the Spiders of Earth project. Both ways, I will post journals on the updates of my book.

Feel free to use my photos for anything! It would be very cool if you could send me a quick message first explaining why you are using it and/or where I can view it when it is finished! I'm also on Flickr under the same username, but there I won't post as many photos.

Most people don't realize that you can download full-sized photos via iNaturalist if the observer uploaded that size. Though iNat downgrades the size, you can select the information icon on the bottom of the photo in an observation. There, you can select small, medium, large, or original sizes. Take this public domain palpimanid, for example:

I never trust the iNaturalist AI when adding identifications to others' observations, and I suggest you do the same. If you don't know, don't identify that observation or taxon at all. However, I do use the AI for my own observations as they don't affect anyone but myself.

I can suggest identifications for spiders anywhere, but Ohio and Central Africa are my stronger areas and I mostly like to identify the following spider families: Anapidae, Archaeidae, Caponiidae, Huttoniidae, Malkaridae, Mecysmaucheniidae, Oonopidae, Orsolobidae, Pacullidae, Palpimanidae, Stenochilidae, Symphytognathidae, Tetrablemmidae, Theridiosomatidae. I also like other spiders in the primarily haplogyne and secondarily haplogyne groups. Secondary haplogyne spiders are those with epigyna that resemble primarily haplogyne spiders, but they are still technically entelegyne. When you try to identify spiders, please be conservative when you don't know, and always be glad if someone corrects you, they're just helping you learn more! Note that I don't really actively ID photos anymore, that is, aside from palpimanoids and the spiders in Ohio and Central Africa. Still feel free to tag me, though!

Current stats:

  • 22/45 Ohio spider families
  • 22/132 worldwide spider families
  • 69/700* Ohio spider species (on iNat)
  • 69/51,000* worldwide spider species (on iNat)
  • 1/2 Ohio spider infraorders
  • 1/3(4? see explanation below) worldwide spider infraorders

Note: sometimes are the Caponiidae placed in their very own suborder/infraorder known as the Epulmonae; also note that the stats above do not include captive individuals

Current goals:

  • Photograph at least 35/50 Ohio spider families
  • Photograph at least 20 of these Ohio spider species (not in a particular order) sometime in 2023: Orchestina saltitans, Scytodes sp., Oecobius navus, Oxyopes salticus, Oxyopes scalaris, Loxosceles sp., Dysdera crocata, Ariadna bicolor, Heteropoda venatoria, Sphodros sp., Ummidia audouini, Antrodiaetus sp., Myrmekiaphila foliata, Arctosa littoralis, Hogna carolinensis, Geolycosa sp., Dolomedes sp., Pisaurina sp., Anahita punctulata, Cupiennius coccineus, Mimetus sp., Ero sp., Mastophora sp., Argiope sp., Micrathena sp., Gasteracantha cancriformis, Verrucosa arenata, Eidmannella pallida, Maymena ambita, Microdipoena guttata, Theridiosoma gemmosum, Latrodectus sp., Spintharus flavidus, Platnickina sp., Walckenaeria sp., Euryopis funebris, Hyptiotes cavatus, Uloborus glomosus, Octonobus sinensis, Tmarus sp., Paraphidippus aurantius, Neon nelli, Philodromus marxi, Hahnia sp., Agelenopsis naevia, Zodarion rubidum, Liocranoides tennesseensis, Agroeca sp., Wulfila sp.; already photographed the following species: Oxyopes salticus, Uloborus glomosus, Wulfila saltabundus, Euryopis funebris, Ero pensacolae, Theridion pennsylvanicum
  • Photograph all species of Oxyopidae, Pholcidae, and Uloboridae in Ohio
  • Photograph five new-to-iNat species
  • Recognize most spider genera and tribes by sight (specifically salticids)
  • Complete A Field Guide to Spider Families of the World

Future goals:

  • Become an arachnologist
  • Travel all around the world with the best macro photography setup ever
  • Photograph Huttonia palpimanoides
  • Photograph all Palpimanoidea families
  • Photograph every spider family (with white background)
  • Photograph every single spider subfamily or genus ever (with white background)
  • Photograph every single species in the Palpimanoidea
  • Describe a second huttoniid (would be Huttonia platnicki) and be the first to photograph it
  • Discover a new, bizarre family of spider and be the first to photograph it
  • Record tons of spider stats and facts not yet known (e.g., top speed of a selenopid, total lifespan of an idiopid, what trogloraptorids actually use their claws for)
  • Write a complete guide to all the species in the Palpimanoidea (including those in Pararchaeidae and Holarchaeidae) called The Encyclopedia of Assassin Spiders
  • Write a complete guide to every spider genus (species?, lol) called The World Spider Atlas

Completed goals:

  • Photographed a new-to-iNat species (Dipoena buccalis)

What I use for macro photography at the moment (unfortunately!)

  • iPod 6th generation (8 MP)
  • Macro lens

Projects I focus on most:

My absolute favorite observations:

Recommended websites:

  • World Spider Catalog ( - The most complete taxonomic reference for spiders with all 132 families, 4,300 genera, and even all 50,000+ species! The recommended FREE membership allows access to thousands of scientific publications found nowhere else.
  • ARANEAE: Spiders of Europe ( - Spiders of Europe is a recommended website with loads of information on all European spiders. Any logged in members are able to write pages on each species, and these pages are posted once the editors review them.
  • Bugguide ( - A North American-based (excluding Central America) website helpful for identification and information.
  • Asian Society of Arachnology ( - Created by renowned spider photographer Nicky Bay (@nickybay), the Asian Society of Arachnology (ASA) includes helpful information on the Asian arachnids, including before-published papers for logged-in members.
  • American Arachnological Society ( - An American-based website including dozens of journals posted on the arachnid fauna located in United States and Canada. Known as the AAS.
  • British Arachnological Society ( - A British-based website much similar to the AAS, but instead abbreviated BAS!

Recommended books (still under construction):

Profile photo: a sketch of me as a palp-footed spider of the genus Palpimanus, reading a book on palpimanoids (maybe a future book I'll write?!, lol). The photos in the book have a left page, err, right for you, of Chedimanops and a right page, left for you, of Hybosidella. These two palpimanid genera are the only entelegyne spiders in the world with two eyes. Other spiders are known with two eyes (e.g., some caponiids and microstigmatids), but they are haplogyne. Despite what my photo shows, my favorite spider is actually the New Zealand endemic Hutton's palp-footed spider (Huttonia palpimanoides). My second-to-most favorite family of spiders is the extinct Lagonomegopidae. They are probably closest to Archaeidae, but it is said that they are relatives of Huttoniidae. The family Palpimanidae currently inludes the monotypic genus Badia of which probably belongs to Zodariidae. Palpimanids and zodariids are similar, but palpimanoids and araneoids are also similar.

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