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Arkys furcatus

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Species:
Arkys furcatus
(Identification source: see below)
Previous species name:
Arcchemorus species (RM)
Family:
Arkyidae
formerly Araneidae
Body length:
female: 8 mm
male: about 5 mm
Habitat:
This spider clings to green leaves and its bizarre appearance allows it to ambush insects
Toxicity:
Unknown, but probably lacks a potent venom and and is not aggressive to humans
Arkys furcatus
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Side view
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Another specimen
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Another specimen
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Leg spines

Originally considered to be an Archemorus species, this spider was first described in the following paper: Balogh P. (1978) "New Archemorus Species (Araneidae: Argyopidae)" Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, XXIV, 1 - 25.

The most obvious visible characteristic of this small orb weaver is the presence of a distinctive yellow pattern on the upper front surface of the abdomen. The squared-off body shape and double pointed abdomen are also useful identifying features.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Arkys alatus.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 13 May 2016.