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Eilica species

Fact Box
Species:
Eilica species
(Identification by Dr Robert Raven, Queensland Museum)
Family:
Gnaphosidae
Body length:
female: about 7 mm
male: about 6 mm
Habitat:
This species may be found on bare ground, or in dry grass or leaf litter, often near ant nests (see below).
Toxicity:
The toxicity of the venom of this spider is unknown
Eilica species

Distinguishing features of this spider are its wide spread of spinnerets, is colour scheme and the shape of its cephalothorax.

Note that Eilica species tend to be fast-moving spiders and are often found in close association with ground-level ant nests. It is said that they usually feed exclusively on ants.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some corinnids, zodariids and lycosids.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 1 June 2016.