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Triangular spider

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Species:
Arkys cornutus (RM)
Previous species name:
Arcys cornutus
Family:
Arkyidae
formerly Araneidae
Body length:
female: 6 mm
male: 4 mm
Habitat:
On or under green leaves; this species uses ambush techniques to catch insects
Toxicity:
Uncertain but its fangs are too small to penetrate human skin
Arkys cornutus
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From above
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Possibly immature
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Another specimen

On this spider the first two pairs of legs are strong with rows of inwards-pointing spines and are curved forward like those of crab and salticid spiders. The triangular abdomen and its pattern of markings are distinctive and almost unique.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Arkys lancearius and Arkys clavatus.


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