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Celaenia distincta

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Species:
Celaenia distincta
(ID based on O.P. Cambridge's 1869 description of this species)
Family:
Araneidae
formerly Argiopidae
Body length:
female: 8 mm
male: maybe 4 mm?
Habitat:
In a small tangled web
Toxicity:
Probably harmless to humans
Celaenia calotoides
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Frong view
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With its egg sacs
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Another specimen
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With its egg sacs

This spider has the general shape and resting posture of several other araneid genera,including Heurodes turritus and some Poltys species. Its appearance is clearly intended to provide good camouflage. It makes a small tangled web among green leaves in bush settings. It is distinguished from Celaenia calotoides byt the fact that its string of egg sacs is normally enclosed in a sheath of silk. which allows the egg sacs to be suspended from a small twig.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Celaenia calotoides.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 7 March 2016.