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Orchestina species

Fact Box
Species:
Orchestina species (QM)
(Note that this species belongs to the subfamily Oonopinae)
Family:
Oonopidae
Body length:
female: 1-2 mm
male: probably about 1 mm
Habitat:
Little is known of the typical habitat used by this species except that it is often found in leaf litter and its enlarged femur on the fourth pair of legs means it can spring comparatively large distances
Toxicity:
Unknown but appears far too small to be hazardous to humans
Orchestina species
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Underneath female

Note that this kind of oonopid lacks the prominent upper and lower scutes (tough shells) on the abdomen that a number of other Australian oonopids have.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Several different kinds of tiny spiders but distinguishing between them is best left to an expert.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 18 June 2010.