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Parahelpis species

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Parahelpis species
(probably P. smithae as proposed by Gardzinska and Zabka - see reference below)
Body length:
female: perhaps 6 mm
male: 5 mm
In a retreat formed from a rolled up green leaf or wandering in greenery in search of prey
This species is common around houses so bitings may occur but should only cause local pain and inflammation
Parahelpis species
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A female
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In its retreat
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The same species?
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Maybe just Helpis?

The identification proposed above for the spider presented on this page is based on a paper published by (Gardzinska and Zabka). Note that Astia, Arasia, Adoxotoma, Helpis, Sondra, Parahelpis and Tauala are considered to be a closely related group of genera with many physical similarities. On the first pair of walking legs they all have two pairs of long spines on the metatarsus (the second segment inwards from the tip of the leg) but while Australian Adoxotoma species have 5 pairs of spines on Tibia I (the middle leg segment) and most of the others have 3 pairs, only Parahelpis and Arasia species have 4 pairs of tibial spines. The species shown on this page is considered to be Parahelpis because its carapace is strongly arched in front whereas on Arasia species it is not.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Helpis minitabunda.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 22 April 2014.