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Carepalxis poweri?

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Species:
Carepalxis poweri?
(based on a photo presented by Ramon Mascord; see below)
Family:
Araneidae
formerly Argiopidae
Body length:
female: about 5 mm
male: about 3 mm?
Habitat:
This spider may build a small, tight orb web late in the evening which it destroys next morning
Toxicity:
Unknown, but but this small non-aggressive spider is unlikely to cause significant human illness
Carepalxis poweri?
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Front view
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Side view

The generic name of this spider is not in doubt but its species name is uncertain. The reason for this is that the only images alleged to be Carapalxis poweri are one included by Ramon Mascord in his 1970 and 1980 spider books and the original 1916 drawing by WJ Rainbow. The latter drawing is rather poor and perhaps more nearly resembles the species now considered to be Carepalxis bilobata whereas Mascord's photo is a reasonably good match for the spider shown on this page.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Other Carepalxis species and some other orb weaver genera.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 22 April 2017.