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Couranga species |
possibly Couranga diehappy
(or a closely related genus; see notes below for the reference to a paper by Michael Gray and Helen Smith on which this identification is based)
female: 7 mm|
male: about 6 mm
This species is believed to live in a sheet web under logs or rocks or in leaf litter
This species is probably too small to cause illness in humans and accidental contact is unlikely anyway
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.
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Last updated 29 November 2010.