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Crab spider

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Species:
Stephanopis cambridgei (RM)
or a related species
Family:
Thomisidae
Body length:
female: 11 mm
male: 8 mm
Habitat:
On or under the bark of trees, especially in eucalypt forests, the spider's colour and surface texture matching that of the bark
Toxicity:
Thought to be harmless to humans but treat with caution
Stephanopis cambridgei
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Side view

The rough body surfaces coloured to match the bark the spider is on provide excellent camouflage for this species.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Stephanopis altifrons and Stephanopis corticalis.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 7 February 2002.