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Moneta australis

Fact Box
Species:
Moneta australis (RM)
(or a similar species: see below)
Family:
Theridiidae
Body length:
female: 4-5 mm
male: 3.5 mm
Habitat:
This species makes a very limited web under green leaves but may be found wandering freely on or under green leaves or even on brown bark, helped by its camouflage colours
Toxicity:
The fangs on this species may be too small to harm a human and this is not a species that is naturally aggressive towards humans
Moneta australis
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Another view
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Another female
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Underneath female
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The male

Note that in June, 2016 the World Spider Catalog contained contained only two Moneta species: M. australis (Eastern Australia) and M. variabilis (listed only for Lord Howe Island, but its range is probably much wider). It is also clear that more work needs to be done to clarify this theridiid genus.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some Moneta species such as Janula bicornis.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 20 July 2017.