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Oecobius navus

Fact Box
Species:
Oecobius navus (QM)
(or a related species)
Family:
Oecobiidae
Body length:
female: 3 mm
male: 2 mm
Habitat:
In stacked timber or a tiny web in the architraves of house ceilings or along outside brickwork
Toxicity:
Probably harmless to humans
Oecobius navus
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Its retreat
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The male
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Undeneath male
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Another specimen

This spider is so small that it is often mistaken for a speck of dust. The most distinctive characteristic of oecobiids is the fact that the legs tend to point forwards then curve backwards at their tips.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Oecobius marathaus.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 3 December 2009.