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Philodromus species?

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Philodromus species? (QM)
(or possibly a zorid species? See notes below)
Body length:
female: about 9 mm
male: about 6 mm
May be found under loose bark or in green vegetation
Unknown; handle with caution
Philodromus species?
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The identity of this spider is in doubt. It has many of the characters of members of the Zorinae but Philodromus species are distinguished by the presence of small but dense true claw tufts on the legs, weak leg spines (unlike the strong and paired ventral leg spines on many members of the Zorinae), and flat but rather 'rough' body surfaces that often lack distinctive markings. For most of Australia there are no described philodromids apart from the introduced species, Tibellus tenellus, but there are three Queensland species listed by the World Spider Catalog. Unfortunately, it appears that no photos of these are available.

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

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 10 March 2017.