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Rhomphaea species

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Rhomphaea species
(ID by G Anderson and similarities with the New Zealand species, Rhomphaea urquharti, and also based on a paper by Agnarsson)
Body length:
female: about 4 mm
male: about 3.5 mm
This species may be found in a small tangled web associated with green leaves in eucalypt forests but may also be seen to be scavenging on the edge of the web of some larger araneid species
Unknown but this small, species is probably harmless
Rhomphaea species
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This spider has an overall appearance that indicates it is a close relative of members of the genus Argyrodes. However, its body shape, and especially its very long, peaked abdomen, match those illustrated for Rhomphaea species by Agnarsson. In July 2017 the World Spider Catalog included no Australian Rhomphaea species but there were some in nearby countries such as New Zealand so undescribed species could easily exist in Australia.

The translucent, ghostly appearance of this species is probably a distinctive characteristic.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Meotipa pulcherrima and Argyrodes species.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 9 November 2017.