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Argoctenus pictus

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Argoctenus pictus
(Identified as explained below)
formerly Zoridae
Body length:
female: about 6 mm
male: about 5 mm
Likely to be found on the ground, in crevices or under rocks
Unknown so handle with caution
Argoctenus pictus
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Another view
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Male, closer view
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Underneath male
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The female?

The taxonomy of the Australian zorids has not been completely studied as yet, some species remaining undescribed. The one shown on this page was found not too far from Orange, NSW, and certainly qualifies as a zorid based on the descriptions given by Raven, Baehr and Harvey. It appears to be an Argoctenus species as described by Dr. Raven< in 2008. In addition, the images presented are a reasonable match for one placed on the Flickr website by Adam Parsons for a spider he found in Southern NSW due west from Wollongong and which he labelled Argoctenus picta.

Known Range: Not present in large numbers anywhere but known to be present from Townsville to Bundaberg and perhaps in Central and coastal NSW.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some other Argoctenus species and a variety of spiders from several different families.

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