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Unknown araneid

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Species:
Unknown araneid (QM)
(Dr Robert Raven suggests listing this spider as an 'Araneus' species until formally classified but it also resembles some Australian Carepalxis species)
Family:
Araneidae
Body length:
female: about 10 mm
male: probably much smaller
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
Unknown araneid
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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. The fact that this spider was found to be occupying its web during the daylight hours may be significant.

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


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 17 November 2012.