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Phryganoporus candidus

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Species:
Phryganoporus candidus
(Identification by M. Gray)
Previous species name:
Ixeuticus candidus (RM)
Family:
Desidae
Body length:
female: 8 mm
male: 6.5 mm
Habitat:
In a solitary web or colony
Toxicity:
Uncertain; potentially harmful so handle with caution
Phryganoporus candidus
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The colony
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Inside the colony

This species is one of the few Australian spiders that has a tendency to form large colonial webs containing a considerable number of individuals, although it is perhaps more often found in a solitary web of lacy silk within a curled leaf. The four chevrons on the top of its abdomen are distinctive.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Badumna longinqua.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 7 May 2009.