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Bijoaraneus praesignis

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Bijoaraneus praesignis (RM)
Previous species name:
Eriophora praesignis
T. Hawkeswood and later Araneus praesignis
Body length:
female: about 8 mm
male: about 6 mm
This species builds an orb web in green shrubs and a retreat formed from a curved green leaf
Probably not hazardous to humans
Bijoaraneus praesignis
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With its retreat
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Rear view
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Underneath female
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Mature male

The scientific name of this species was changed in December, 2021 to Bijoaraneus praesignis, as shown in the paper Tanikawa A, Acta Arachnologica 70 (2) 87-101.

The most distinctive features of this spider are the markings on its dorsal abdomen and especially the pair of false eyes at the rear of its abdomen, these presumably being intended to deceive potential predators into thinking it is a more dangerous kind of animal or at least a spider that is well aware of their approach.

Known Range: Recorded as being in bush settings in Queensland and Northern NSW.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: None.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 8 February 2022.