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Clynotis severus

Fact Box
Species:
Clynotis severus (JS)
formerly Clynotis viduus (QM)
Family:
Salticidae
Body length:
female: 7 mm
male: 5 mm
Habitat:
Usually on the bark of eucalypt trees where this species uses its excellent camouflage colours to avoid detection while hunting
Toxicity:
A bite from this spider may cause local pain but more serious effects are unlikely. This species is relatively slow moving with limited aggression
Clynotis severus
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View from above
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Side view
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The male
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Undeneath male

A noteworthy feature of this salticid species is the presence of a patterned stripe of whitish hairs running the length of the body and the fluffy white brushes on its palps, which are often waved about when the spider is active.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Menemerus bivittatus and a variety of other salticids.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 23 July 2010.