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Hypoblemum albovittatum (QM)
female: 6 mm|
male: 5 mm
Often found on pathways, on walls of buildings and on tree trunks, but not normally seen in a web or retreat; very mobile and readily springs from surface to surface
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 in Australia and New Zealand and the available photos of the two species suggest they are actually the same species. If this is correct, the
currently preferred name is Hypoblemum albovittatum.
This is a very common salticid species in South-east Queensland and is usually seen on walls and fences during the warmer part of the day.
Note that the male tends to be darker than the female and has a mat of tan coloured hairs within the eye rectangle instead of the smooth dark area found on the female.
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 species and it is necessary to use a stereo microscope to identify this species with certainty. The critical features are the arrangement of teeth on the chelicerae and the presence of a dense flattened mat of forwards-facing brown hairs in the square between the eyes of the male (the female appearing almost 'bald').
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Last updated 16 March 2015.