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Cetratus rubropunctatus

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Species:
Cetratus rubropunctatus
(Identification as shown below)
or a closely related species
Family:
Thomisidae
Body length:
female: 5 mm
male: 4 mm
Habitat:
This species may be found on or under green leaves and not in association with any kind of insect-trapping web; it prefers to ambush insects by appearing to be part of the leaf or twig on which it is resting
Toxicity:
Unknown but probably not at all aggressive towards humans
Cetratus rubropunctatus
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A related species?

In his 1970 booklet Mascord presented this spider as Hedana valida but in 2014 P. Szymkowiak in Annales of Zoologici Warszawa, Volume 64, pages 333-477, stated it should now be shown as a Cetratus rubropunctatus.

Distinguishing features of this spider are its body shape, green colour, leg positions, and pattern of spots on its upper abdominal surfaces.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: None.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 31 March 2010.