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Lichen spider

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Species:
Pandercetes gracilis (RM)
Family:
Sparassidae
formerly Heteropodidae
Body length:
female: 13 mm
male: 8 mm
Habitat:
This rainforest spider typically lives on tree trunks that are overgrown with lichens. Relying on camouflage, it matches its colour and surface patterning to that of the lichens it is hiding in. It typically moves quickly then freezes to blend into its background.
Toxicity:
Uncertain but this timid spider probably is no more dangerous than any other huntsman spider
Pandercetes gracilis
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A closer view
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With Karaops
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Another specimen
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An exposed spider

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 13 November 2017.