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Smeringopus natalensis |
(This identification is based on photos in a website as shown below)
female: 8 mm|
male: 6 mm
This species builds a thin, tangled web in hollows of tree trunks
This species probably does not have very potent venom and catches its prey with its long legs
This is an introduced cosmopolitan species and its identification of this spider is based on photos by Mark Newton which are displayed in the following website:
www.wildsouthaustralia.info/Spiders/Araneomorph/Pholcidae. It is often confused with Pholcus phalangioides but while this species is very similar
in overall shape it lacks the strong bilateral abdominal mottling that Smeringopis natalensis displays and has just a single dark midling patch near the rear of its carapace
whereas S. natalensis has a dark midline hourglass mark and some lateral wedge marks on its carapace.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Any other pholcid with an elongate abdomen.
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Last updated 26 December 2018.