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Small male araneid

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Species:
Unknown male araneid
(this tentative identification is based on similarities with known araneids)
Family:
Araneidae
formerly Argiopidae
Body length:
female: not known
male: 3.5 mm
Habitat:
On the edge of the female's web
Toxicity:
Unknown so this spider should be handled with caution
Araneid male

This specimen is typical of a large group of Araneid species in that the male is much smaller than the female and has a significantly different body shape and markings. In most cases it builds no web of its own but instead waits on the edge of the female's web.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Many other araneid species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 11 February 2002.