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Karaops raveni

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Species:
Karaops raveni
(This identification is based on a paper by (Crews and Harvey but in 1970 R. Mascord labelled it Selenops australiensis
Family:
Selenopidae
Body length:
female: 7.5 mm
male: 5 mm
Habitat:
Normally under loose bark, especially on eucalypts; this spider's flattened body and ability to move sideways means it can hide in small crevices
Toxicity:
Unknown but its fangs are small and the spider is expremely timid so it is unlikely to cause serious illness in humans
Karaops raveni
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Front view
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Underneath spider
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The male
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Eyes of male

Karaops species look somewhat like a huntsman spider except that they only have 6 obvious eyes in a curved row (all huntsman species have two rows of 4 eyes) and lack a scopula on the end of each leg.

Karaops raveni is a species that has been found from Central Queensland down into NSW and is recognized by the pattern of black marks on its dorsal abdomen.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Many smaller or immature huntsman species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 9 July 2017.