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webs and egg sacs
(Note: This identification is based on similarities with photos displayed
by Heiko Metzner)
female: approx 6 mm|
male: 4 mm
This species is most often found on leaf litter, the male being found more often than the female (see notes below)
Not considered harmful to humans
The distinctive feature of this species that probably makes it relatively easy to identify is the presence of five thin longitudinal black lines
in the head region between the lateral eyes.
Like many of the Australian Maratus species the female of this species is a grey-brown colour but the male is unusual in almost completely lacking
the bright colour schemes found on most Maratus males. In the above photos its abdomen has an almost square appearance because it was not
displaying its courtship response when photographed. Like most other Maratus males this spider has cuticular flaps attached to the upper sides of
the abdomen, these spreading sideways like a fan when the male is courting the female. This fan display is thought to be induced
hydraulically and the spider also tends to extend each Leg III upwards and to the rear as part of its courtship behaviour.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some other Australian Maratus species.
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Last updated 15 September 2016.