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Lynx spider

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Species:
Oxyopes species (QM)
Family:
Oxyopidae
Body length:
female: 8 mm
male: 7 mm
Habitat:
On the surfaces of green leaves; this species is a typically mobile oxyopid and usually ambushes its prey but can build a small web and egg-laying retreat
Toxicity:
Unknown so treat with caution; its bite may lead to pain and mild human illness but few bitings of humans are on record
Oxyopes species
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Front view
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Female and eggs

Like other oxyopids this species tends to use its colouring as camouflage. It has the usual hexagonal eye pattern and spiny legs of oxyopids and shares their ability to jump rapidly from surface to surface.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: This spider is somewhat similar to several other Australian oxyopid species but as no definite species name for it seems to be available.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 5 January 2015.