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Cataxia pulleinei

Fact Box
Species:
Cataxia pulleinei
(as identified by Dr. Robert Raven)
(formerly Homogona pulleinei)
Family:
Idiopidae
formerly Ctenizidae
Body length:
female: about 35 mm
male: about 30 mm
Habitat:
In a burrow with only a partial flap-like door and in mossy rainforest areas; adult males wander above ground at night
Toxicity:
This species may have low toxicity for humans but males should be handled with caution
Cataxia pulleinei
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Female and burrow
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Female near burrow
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Front view

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.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 8 November 2017.