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webs and egg sacs
(as shown by R Mascord and as suggested by Greg Anderson.
Note that the World Spider Catalog in July 2017 lists only P. sextuberculata and P. rotunda as Australian Phoroncidia species but the second row of images
below show specimens that may also be P. sextuberculata variants or new species)
female: 4 mm|
male: about 2.5 mm
This species is said to sit motionless during the day but to catch insects in the evenings by waiting at the end of a single thread of sticky silk
This spider is probably much too small to cause illness in humans and is not aggressive anyway
Phoroncidia sextuberculata females build a small spherical egg sac which is suspended at the end of a stout cord of silk. This resembles the egg sac of the entirely unrelated spider Tamopsis.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Other Phoroncidia species and a number of small araneid species, such as Poltys illepidus.
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Last updated 16 April 2018.