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Laperousea species

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Species:
Laperousea species
(This identification is based on similarities with Laperousea as illustrated by Davies and available photos: see below)
Family:
Linyphiidae
Body length:
female: about 4 mm
male: about 4 mm
Habitat:
In small webs in low shrubs/tall grasses in moist locations
Toxicity:
Not naturally aggressive and much too small to be able to cause human illness and few, if any, bitings have ever been reported
Laperousea species
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Female epigynum

As of May 2017 the only Laperousea species listed by the World Spider Catalog as being present in Australia are L. blattifera (shown as an Australia-wide species) and L. quindecimpunctata (Tasmania only) but there are images on the internet and elsewhere that are of spiders considered to be Laperousea species but with no species name shown. A distinctive character of the female of Laperousea species is said to be the curved scape the overlies the the epigynum and this can be seen in one of the photos presented on this page.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Other linyphiids and some small araneid and theridiid species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 11 May 2017.