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Molycria mcleani

Fact Box
Species:
Molycria mcleani
(Platnick and Baehr)
(or a related species: see below)
Family:
Prodidomidae (Molycriinae)
Body length:
female: 4 mm
male: about 3.5 mm
Habitat:
This species probably spends most of its time in leaf litter
Toxicity:
Unknown but this species is probably harmless to humans
Molycria mcleani
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View from above
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Underneath spider
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Oblique view
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The spinnerets

There is no question that this spider belongs in the Family Prodidomidae and is a Molycria species because it perfectly matches the descriptions provided by Platnick and Baehr in their 2006 paper. However, it is possible that the spider shown above is not Molycria mcleayi because there are many described Molycria species and the South-east Queensland region where this spider was found overlaps the known ranges of at least three other Molycria species: M. stanisici, M. burwelli, and M. wrightae.

Distinguishing features of this spider are its long, slender legs that lack obvious hair or spines and its extremely long anterior lateral spinnerets which are attached about half way along the underside of the abdomen. These spinnerets are said to be particularly useful for catching ants, on which the spider feeds exclusively.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some other prodidomid species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 8 June 2017.