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Toxopsoides macleayi

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Species:
Toxopsoides macleayi
(Helen Smith)
Family:
Desidae
Body length:
female: 5 mm
male: 4.5 mm
Habitat:
This species may be found on tree trunks or under the loose bark of trees in eucalypt forests or alternatively wandering at ground level, some specimens having been caught in pit traps
Toxicity:
Probably incapable of causing illness in humans
Toxopsoides macleayi
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This spider has a limited known range that extends outwards from Sydney for only a couple of hundred kilometres.

Distinctive characters of this spider are its overall shape and markings, its eye arrangements and the rows of parallel spines on the undersides of the first two pairs of legs.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Unfortunately, Leptoctenus species (Family Ctenidae), many of the Cycloctenidae, and even some Miturgidae and Zoropsidae species have the parallel leg spines and some other similarities with Toxopsoides species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 10 July 2016.