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Euryopis multipunctata?

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Euryopis multipunctata?
(Identified by Greg Anderson but for species name see notes below)
Body length:
female: about 5 mm
male: about 3 mm
This species normally lives under loose bark or in leaf litter
This species is surely too small to harm a human
Euryopis multipunctata?

While there is no question that the spider in the above photo is a Euryopis species its species name is uncertain. In 1890 Keyserling assigned the multipunctata species name to a spider he found in Victoria but no photos or whole-spider drawings were included in his article. Since that time it appears that no one else has published photos or drawings of Euryopis multipunctata either but the species name suggests a pattern of dorsal spots such as can be seen in the above photo. In addition, it should be mentioned that the specimen in the photo was found in Victoria.

Euryopis species belong to the theridiid subfamily Hadrotarsinae and are considered to be specialized ant predators.

Known range: This is apparently a rare species and is only recorded as being in Brisbane and Adelaide.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Other Euryopis species.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 21 January 2022.