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Ostearius melanopygius

Fact Box
Species:
Ostearius melanopygius
(ID by Helen Smith and Graham Milledge, Australian Museum)
Family:
Linyphiidae
Body length:
female: 3 mm
male: 2.5 mm
Habitat:
In a great variety of habitats
Toxicity:
Too small to harm any human
Ostearius melanopygius?

Ostearius malanopygius appears to have originated from Britain or Western Europe but has become a cosmopolitan species and is now claimed to be present in Africa, Brazil, Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia. It is not often noticed because of its small size. Its uniformly orange-red abdomen is its most distinctive characteristic. Ostearius melanopygius has a dark patch around the rear end of the abdomen but this cannot be seen in the photo on this page because of the angle from which the photo was taken.

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


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 16 September, 2014.