Matthew Lindsey Curador

Unido: 11.nov.2022 Última actividad: 30.may.2024 iNaturalist

I'm a Christian and amateur macro-photographer with a keen interest in the super-diverse order Araneae (spiders). I love anything and everything about these fascinatingly unique macro-predators, but my primary focus lies in understanding their intricate and intriguing spinneret and spigot morphology, topography, and diversity, as well as the taxonomy of Araneae and reclassification of spider families. I am also working on a comprehensive field guide with straightforward identification tips and tricks for all the 138 spider families around the globe.

I mostly monitor observations of Ohio spiders and some less-appreciated spider families (like the Mygalomorphae, Palpimanoidea, etc.), so if you're receiving a considerable number of notifications, well, that's why! But I try not to limit myself to only those groups, and I can usually identify spiders to family or below by sight, so don't hesitate to "@" or message me if you are in need of assistance. If you already have and I haven't responded and it has been at least 24 hours, please "@" or message me again. I visit this platform every day, so I'll usually be able to respond to notifications relatively quickly.

My photographs are captured using the Canon EOS Rebel T7 with the kit lens and a 14-130mm macro extension tube(s), without a flash and diffuser, which means I rely on natural lighting for my photographs. I previously used the 7-49mm macro extension tube, and earlier the iPod 7th generation paired with a clip-on macro lens. I also sometimes use an umbrella to block out the sun. Feel free to use my photographs as long as you credit me. For this reason, I try to include useful photographs of many different positions and features of organisms. I do others sometimes for the fun, though! If you use any of my photographs for any reason, it would be greatly appreciated if you could inform me!

My profile image is of the oxyopid species Oxyopes aglossus, the "Halloween" lynx spider, by far my favorite spider species in the Buckeye State!

"Wherever there is faith as slender as one strand of the spider's web, there the fullness of redeeming grace is active."
~ John Murray

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