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Philodromus species?

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Species:
Philodromus species?
(This ID may be wrong; the Australian philodromids are almost unstudied but this spider resembles overseas species)
Family:
Philodromidae
Body length:
female: about 5 mm
male: 3-4 mm
Habitat:
May be found under loose bark or in green vegetation
Toxicity:
Unknown; handle with caution
Philodromus species?
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Another view
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Another view
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Underneath male
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Another male

The identity of this spider is in doubt. It has many of the characters of known overseas Philodromus species including two backwards curving rows of four small eyes and small but dense true claw tufts at the end of each leg. The World Spider Catalog lists only two philodromids for Australia, both in Queensland and shown as Philodromus species, but the spiders shown on this page were found in Central NSW. However, when this family has received a significant revision it is likely that the generic name will be changed, at least for the Australian species, and many presently unnamed species will be formally described.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some Argoctenus species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 15 January 2019.