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Dolophones conifera

Fact Box
Species:
Dolophones conifera (RM)
Family:
Araneidae
formerly Argiopidae
Body length:
female: 9 mm
male: 6 mm
Habitat:
Wrapped around a small twig or flattened against bark
Toxicity:
Uncertain; may be too small to cause illness in humans
Dolophones conifera
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Adult Male
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Preserved males
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Adult female

The upper surface of the abdomen resembles a flat, inverted dish or shield. This is composed mostly of a series of circular discs each with a small slit in the centre. The overall colour and appearance of this spider provides excellent camouflage when it is resting tightly against a dry bark surface.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: All other Dolophones species.



Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 29 January 2002.