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'Maratus' scutulatus

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'Maratus' scutulatus
(The generic name of this spider is presently uncertain. It was originally Lycidas but this has now been superseded: see below)
Body length:
female: 7 mm
male: 5 mm
On the bark of trees but also on green leaves and other surfaces
A bite may cause local pain/inflammation or even mild illness and mostly occurs when the spider is trapped in clothing
'Maratus' species
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Colour variations
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Another specimen
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Another female

This species has had several names in the past, including Sigytes scutulata (RM). In October 2016 the website which has taken over the Prosxynski salticid catalogue, showed it as Lycidas scutulatus and in June 2017 the World Spider Catalog listed it as 'Maratus' scutulatus, having now deleted all Lycidas entries. However, the spider shown on this page has characters in common with the genus Hypoblemum and it has recently been suggest it should ultimately be be listed as a Hypoblemum species.

This is a common species and is readily recognised by the pattern of bands along the abdomen and the black head with the white fringe around the eyes.

Spider(s) with a similar appearance: Several other salticids.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 30 June 2017.