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Tarlina noorundi

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Species:
Tarlina noorundi
(R. Forster et al)
(or a closely related species)
Family:
Gradungulidae
Body length:
female: 13 mm
male: 9.6 mm
Habitat:
In leaf litter and under logs, usually at moderately high altitudes in National Parks
Toxicity:
Uncertain; may induce local inflammation and mild illness
Tarlina noorundi
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Another view
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Female front view
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Large claw, Leg 1

The spider in the above images fits perfectly the description of a Tarlina species as provided by Forster et al but it is possible the species name is incorrect. Tarlina species are known to be present in National Park areas from the Blue Mountains of NSW to the border ranges of South Queensland. They are similar in appearance so it is necessary to examine their genitalia in order to distinguish between them. The specimen presented on this page was photographed in the northern part of the Blue Mountains, which seems to be the lower end of the range of Tarlina noorundi but the known localities in which Tarlina milledgei and Tarlina smithersi can be found are not far north of those of T. noorundi and some overlap between the ranges of the three species is possible. However, T. noorundi appears to be the the most common of the three species and it is therefore considered that the above photos are of this species.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: A variety of other ground spiders..


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 11 June 2017.