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  • Dont know if you will like this answer. But a website is not going to help you identify spiders. Go to a library and get a book on Spiders. It should be one that will explain the differences between each spider based on the spiders claws, pedipalps and so on. Then you will need a microscope to identify these specifics of the spider. Learn Family name down to the species if you really want to be the best. Theres Kingdom Phylum Class Order Genus Species. How well do you want to know them. It could be a wolf spider, jumping spider or garden spider, but how do you know what kind. It takes so much time to identify a spider. Be careful with them because they have an open ventral system, meaning they dont have veigns. Skin breaks, they die in most cases. When you catch them, there is a solution that they can be put in to preserve their bodies and you can study them. Gonna have to kill a few though at some point.
  • Spiders are notoriously difficult to identify beyond family without resorting to microscopy, dissection, and lots of reference books. However, if you are content identifying them to family, http://www.bugguide.net is an excellent resource for sussing out the identity of the spider in question. The entomologists and arachnidologists who frequent that website are often able to get the spiders down to genus and species. However, keep in mind that just because you've found a picture that looks just like your spider, it does not mean it is unequivocally the right genus and species. Pictures can deceive. Only a professional arachnidologist can make the determination for sure. If you want to try the identification yourself, an excellent dichotomous key to use starts on page 112 of the 7th edition of Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects (Triplehorn and Johnson). It is heavily laden with technical terms, so you may need to do some additional sleuthing to find out what everything means.

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