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Neoscona theisi

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Neoscona theisi (QM)
formerly Argiopidae
Body length:
female: 8 mm
male: about 6 mm
This spider typically builds a small orb web between branches of shrubs; unlike the common larger Eriophora species it tends to remain in the web during the daylight hours rather than moving into a retreat soon after sunrise
The toxicity of the venom of this spider, which is small and non-aggressive, is uncertain but may cause mild illness
Neoscona theisi
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Another female
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Female underside
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Another example
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The male
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Another view
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Another male
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Also a male
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A juvenile?

Known Range: Recorded as being in near-coastal bush settings from about Kununurra in WA across NT and down the East coast to about Sydney.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Several Australian Eriophora and Araneus species, including immature specimens of Eriophora transmarina.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 3 January 2022.