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Arbanitis longipes

Fact Box
Species:
Arbanitis longipes (QM)
Family:
Idiopidae,
formerly Ctenizidae
Body length:
female: at least 19 mm
male: 16 mm
Habitat:
In a burrow (sometimes branched) with an entrance collar of silk and leaf debris and a fragile silk 'stocking' that lines the burrow itself
Toxicity:
The venom of this species may have a low toxicity for humans but has not been tested; males may exhibit an aggressive stance
Arbanitis longipes
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The female
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Under female
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Side view
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Burrow entrance

This spider is very similar in appearance to some of the Misgolas species found around South Queensland and females cannot be distinguished from Misgolas females except perhaps by DNA studies. However, Misgolas burrows typically extend above ground level whereas those of Atbanitis longipes do not.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Misgolas species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 17 August 2010.