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Australomisidia species

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Species:
Australomisidia species
(Identification source: see notes below)
Family:
Thomisidae
Body length:
female: about 5 mm
male: about 3-4 mm
Habitat:
It is claimed that this species mostly hides in flowers where its colour provides excellent camouflage, allowing it to ambush any insect that is attracted by the flower's nectar
Toxicity:
The toxicity of this spider towards humans is unknown but its small size means the risk is probably minimal
Australomisidia species
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Immature male

This spider clearly belongs in the thomisid group called Australomisidia in 2014 by P. Szymkowiak in Annales of Zoologici Warszawa, Volume 64, pages 333-477. It has surface markings similar to those on A. cruentata, A. ergandros and A. pilula, although the last of these normally has green cephalothorax and legs, but it is not a perfect match for any of them. Note that the abdominal markings on a Australomisidia male typically is not identical to those on the female and that significant variation in appearance between sexes and between individual specimens is quite common among spiders, so the correct species name for the spider shown on this page is uncertain.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some Australomisidia species and several other thomisid genera.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 6 January 2019.