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Trachycosmus sculptilis

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Species:
Trachycosmus sculptilis
(This identification is derived from a paper by Norman Platnick and confirmed by Dr Robert Raven; see notes below)
Family:
Trochanteriidae
Body length:
female: 4 mm
male: 3.5 mm
Habitat:
This species is widely distributed, spider usually found wandering on open ground or in leaf litter
Toxicity:
Uncertain; may be aggressive when defending its egg sac
Trachycosmus sculptilis
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Female from front

Although this trochanteriid belongs to the same family as the flattened Morebilus and Rebilus species it has a much taller profile than they do. The markings on the upper surfaces of its abdomen and the shape of the fovea on its carapace are distinctive features.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Many other dark coloured spiders with an 'average' spider shape.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 12 October 2010.