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Hypoblemum griseum |
(ID as shown below)
female: 7 mm|
male: 7 mm
Often found on walls of buildings and on tree trunks on warmer days
Unknown; not particularly aggressive towards humans but may easily jump into clothing by accident and then bite, producing inflammation and local pain; too small to be dangerous but handle with caution
Note that in the 1880s the same spider collector named two Hypoblemum species: H. villosum and H. albovittatum. Various internet sites mention these
as being found widely in Australia and New Zealand and they are reasonably similar in appearance although the available photos for H. albovittatum tended to be rather variable.
However, the uncertainty as to the appropriate scientific names for these two species has now been resolved and the appropriate name for each species is shown and
justified in the following paper: J.C. Otto, D.E. Hill and R. Whyte (2019) Peckhamia180.1, 1-62.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: There are several other salticid species with similar brown-grey markings and body shape that could be confused with this
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Last updated 2 November 2019.