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Janula bicornis?

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Species:
Janula bicornis? (see below)
(shown as Episinus bicornis by R. Mascord)
Family:
Theridiidae
Body length:
female: about 7 mm
male: about 5 mm
Habitat:
This spider is usually found is a small, very limited web or a single strand attached to a twig and coated with sticky fluid: smaller specimens may also be found under bark and in leaf litter
Toxicity:
This small spider is not known to be toxic to humans but should still be handled with caution
Janula bicornis?
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Side view
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Another specimen
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Two species?
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Immature male
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Near-mature male
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Side view
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Carapace close-up
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Male palps

Note that in June, 2016 the World Spider Catalog contained no Australian Episinus species but indicated that Mascord's Episinus bicornis should be listed as Janula bicornis. However, the genera Episinus and Moneta are quite similar and some species have been moved from one genus to the other in the past. It is also clear that more work needs to be done to clarify this group of theridiid genera.

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


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 24 June 2016.