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webs and egg sacs
(as identified by Dr. Robert Raven)
(formerly Homogona pulleinei)
female: about 35 mm|
male: about 30 mm
In a burrow with only a partial flap-like door and in mossy rainforest areas; adult males wander above ground at night
This species may have low toxicity for humans but males should be handled with caution
Note that this spider was originally called a Cataxia species then the name was changed to Homogona pulleinei. In 2017 the original name was formally restored in the
following paper: Rix M.G. et al (2017) "The Australian spiny trapdoor species of the family Idiopidae (Mygalomorphae: Arbanitinae): a relimitation and
revision at the generic level" Invertebrate Systematics 32(5), 566-634.
Female specimens of many idiopid species are difficult to identify. The spider in the images presented on this page was photographed in a damp rainforest area
near the Queensland - New South Wales border where Cataxia pulleinei is relatively common. Cataxia pulleinei is a much darker spider than most of the other idiopid species found in South Queensland.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Hadronyche infensa, Aname barrema and Namea salanitri.
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Last updated 8 November 2017.