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Unknown amaurobiid species?

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Unknown amaurobiid? (QM)
Amaurobiidae (?)
Body length:
female: about 4 mm
male: 3.5 mm
This species typically males a small tangled web and associated retreat on the underside of large pieces of eucalypt bark that are lying in forest leaf litter
This species may be too small to harm any human
Unknown amaurobiid species?
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View from above
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Female from front
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Underneath spiders

Note: the identification of this spider as a theridiid is very tentative. It does not resemble the known members of any other Australian spider family or even most of the described Australian Amaurobiidae but its visible characters probably best fit the Family Amaurobiidae.

The presence of five short but stout spines on the underside of an outer segment of the first pair of legs on the male (only) may be a useful identifying character of this species.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Many small spiders with an 'average' body shape.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 21 December 2016.