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Orsonwelles

Orsonwelles is a genus of spiders belonging to the family Linyphiidae. The 13 known species, all native to the Hawaiian Islands, include the largest known linyphiids, reaching maximum body lengths of 14 millimeters, an example of island gigantism. Each species occurs on a single island, often at high elevations. The spiders have large jaws, and are generalist predators. The genus name honors the actor and film-maker Orson Welles and many of the species names commemorate elements from Welles' films, radio productions, or roles. One species has not been collected since the 1890s, and is believed to be extinct.
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