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Smeringopus natalensis

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Smeringopus natalensis
(This identification is based on photos in a website as shown below)
Body length:
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
Smeringopis natalensis
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Its web
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Eyes and palps
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Female with eggs
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Adult male palps

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: 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.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 26 December 2018.