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Paraplatoides nigrum?

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Paraplatoides nigrum?
(this identification is based on a paper by Marek Zabka - seen notes below)
Body length:
female: about 7 mm
male: about 5 mm
Possibly under bark but a very mobile spider
Only likely to cause local inflammation and pain
Paraplatoides nigrum?
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A juvenile
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Another male
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Another view

Among the distinguishing features of this male are its elongate shape and the pairs of white spots scattered across its body and appendages. The general appearance of this spider is very similar to that published for Paraplatoides nigrum but also for ant mimics such as Ligonipes and Rhombonotus and there appear to be no photos, drawings or reports of males from either genus having as many white spots as can be seen in the images presented on this page.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Rhombonotus gracilis and Ligonipes semitectus.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 7 September 2010.