With regards to your longipes/schmidti confusion:
Starting at the front:
longipes - Leg I clearly shorter than leg IV
schmidti - Leg I clearly longer than leg IV with extremely robust femurs
longipes - Leg I & II no dense brush of hairs
schmidti - Leg I & II have a clearly visible dense brush of golf hairs, particularly noticeable on Leg II in this picture
longipes - short, dense "beard" (sideburns really) on the outer edge of the chelicerae
schmidti - long, fuzzy "beard" on the outer edge of the chelicerae. Not overly clear in this picture
longipes - Leg IV robust with a tuft of hair on the metatarsus. Enlarged scopula pads underneath leg IV
schmidti - Leg IV reasonably slender with no tuft of hair on the metatarasus. Scopula pads underneath leg IV not particularly pronounced
longipes - abdomen "normally" shaped
schmidti - abdomen squat, almost squared off at the spinnerets
In addition to the above, the habitus is different - schmidti is a far stockier, more robust spider than longipes.
Excellent post, Lopez. That was very informative.
Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it, too?