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Carepalxis bilobata?

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Species:
Carepalxis bilobata? (QM)
(Dr Robert Raven suggested listing this spider as an 'Araneus' species until formally classified but it closely resembles Carepalxis bilobata)
Family:
Araneidae
Body length:
female: 5-10 mm
male: 3-5 mm
Habitat:
In a 'typical' orb web by day
Toxicity:
The toxicity of the venom of this species is unknown so it probably should be handled with caution
Carapalxis bilobata?
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Another specimen
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Another specimen
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Another female
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A related species?

This spider looks superficially similar to some other araneid genera, including Cyrtophora, and especially Carepalxis bilobata. However, the white upper surfaces on the body of this spider are not typical of any Australian Carepalxis species although the overall body shape, including the two large projections on the front of the abdomen, closely resemble those of Carepalxis bilobata and the spider shown on this page was found in the same place as the Carepalxis bilobata presented on another page of this website. This may indicate that this species is capable of further confusing potential predators by radically changing its appearance.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Cyrtophora hirta.


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