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Poecilipta janthina

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Poecilipta janthina
(as identified by Dr R Raven,
Queensland Museum.
Note: The Australian Corinnidae were recently revised as shown below)
Body length:
female: perhaps 12 mm
male: perhaps 10 mm
Probably wandering over open ground or in leaf litter. This fast-running spider probably catches insects by sheer speed
Unknown so handle with caution
Poecilipta janthina
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Side view
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Another female
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Another view
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Eye pattern

A major revision of the Family Corinnidae can be found in the following paper: Raven R.J. (2015) "A revision of ant-mimicking spiders of the family Corinnidae (Araneae) in the Western Pacific" Zootaxa 3958(1) 1-258, and the species shown on this page can be found in this review.

Distinguishing features of this spider are its overall body shape and colour pattern, its relatively long slender legs, and the pattern of coloured bands across the upper surface of its abdomen.

Known Range: Rare but known in Cairns and South-east Queensland.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some other corinnids as well as several members of the Family Zodariidae, although the latter normally have pairs of light spots on the abdomen which Poecilipta janthina lacks.

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Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 8 January 2022.