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Trachycosmus species

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Trachycosmus species
(ID is based on similarities with other Trachycosmus species: see notes below)
Body length:
female: 11 mm
male: Uncertain
May be found in leaf litter
Uncertain; may 'play dead' when handled
Trachycosmus species
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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 arrangement of the eight eyes and the shape of the fovea on its carapace are characteristics of Trachycosmus subtilis and the epigynum on the female also looks very much like that of T. subtilis. On the other hand, the more velvety leg and the surface markings on both body segments are somewhat different to that of T. subtilis but identical with those on a photo presented on Flickr by Adam Parsons and labelled 'Trachycosmus species'. The latter spider was apparently photographed in NSW which is also where the spider shown above was found.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Trachycosmus subtilis.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 7 August 2016.