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Simaetha species

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Simaetha species (QM)
(The images on this page may be of more than one Simaetha species and may mostly be Simaetha tenuidens)
Body length:
female: about 6 mm
male: about 5 mm
This salticid may easily be shaken from green leaves of shrubs in eucalypt forests and thus could appear in unexpected places
This spider may be too small to cause serious harm but its bites could cause local pain and inflammation if not systemic illness
Simaetha species
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With an egg sac
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Abdominal banding
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A different species?
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Another view of it

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Simaetha tenuidens and Simaethula species. The white or golden brown scales both kinds of spiders tend to be progressively lost by brushing against foreign objects. The positions of the eyes and the presence of a domed sternum (the underside of the cephalothorax) on Simaetha must be checked to distinguish between the two genera.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 6 September 2010.