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Cyrtarachne tricolor

Fact Box
Species:
Cyrtarachne tricolor
(RM)
Family:
Araneidae
formerly Argiopidae
Body length:
female: 6 mm
male: probably about 2.5 mm
Habitat:
During the day this spider rests under leaves with legs retracted but makes a small orb web during the night and destroys it next morning
Toxicity:
Unknown but this spider is too small to be hazardous to humans
Cyrtarachne tricolor
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Another view
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Carapace view

This species is a tropical spider known to be present in Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and Northern Australia. However, the photos shown on this page are of a specimen found in Noosa, Queensland, so the range of this spider appear to be greater than was previously thought to be the case.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some Dolophones and Ordgarius species as well as Poecilopachys australasia.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 4 January 2007.