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Lichen spider

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Species:
Pandercetes gracilis
(as identified by Ramon Mascord)
Family:
Sparassidae
formerly Heteropodidae
Body length:
female: 13 mm
male: 8 mm
Habitat:
This rainforest spider lives on tree trunks that are overgrown with lichens. Relying on camouflage, it matches its colour to that of the lichens it is hiding in. It typically moves quickly then freezes to blend into its background.
Toxicity:
Uncertain; may cause mild illness or local pain and inflammation
Pandercetes gracilis
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A closer view
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With Karaops
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Another specimen

This unusual huntsman is most commonly found in the rainforest areas of Northern Australia.

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


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 4 November 2013.