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Couranga diehappy

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Species:
Couranga diehappy
or perhaps Couranga kioloa
(both being South-east Queensland species; see notes below for the reference to a paper by Michael Gray and Helen Smith on which this identification is based)
Family:
Stiphidiidae
Body length:
female: 7 mm
male: about 6 mm
Habitat:
This species is believed to live in a sheet web under logs or rocks but is probably more likely to be found in leaf litter
Toxicity:
This species is probably too small to cause illness in humans and accidental contact is unlikely anyway
Couranga species
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Side view
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Oblique view
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Underneath female
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Female epigynum
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Cribellum shape
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Claws and spines

The above spider is identified as a Couranga species on the basis of the contents of the following paper: Gray MR and Smith HM (2008) "A new subfamily of spiders with grate-shaped tapeta from Australia and Papua New Guinea (Araneae: Stiphidiidae: Borralinae)" Records of the Australian Museum, 60, 13-44.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: A variety of spider species have the same 'average' body and leg shape and lycosid-like markings, but stiphidiids have a divided cribellum in front of the spinnerets distinguish them from many of the spiders that superficially resemble them.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 29 November 2010.