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Perenethis venusta

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Species:
Perenethis venusta
(Identification based on several publications as listed in notes below)
Family:
Pisauridae
Body length:
female: about 12 mm
male: about 11 mm
Habitat:
On green leaves of trees and tall grasses, perhaps in a spoon-shaped web/retreat
Toxicity:
Unknown; handle with caution since some relatives may produce a painful bite
Perenethis venusta
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Another view
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With its egg sac
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Another specimen

Note that the identification of this species was based on information included in a Queensland Museum publication and also on similarities with Perenethis unifasciata and Perenethis venusta as presented in the following web articles:

http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/guidebooks/spiders/text/Perenethis_unifasciata.htm

http://www.biol.ntnu.edu.tw/formosa/2002.37.1/2002-37-1-31-35.pdf

This species is easy to confuse with the zorid Thasyraea ornata although these two spiders are presently placed in different families. Both spiders have a line running down the centre of the body from the eyes to the rear end of the abdomen but on Perenethis it is broad in front and narrows progressively and on Thasyraea ornata it has an almost constant width.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Thasyraea ornata.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 14 September 2013.