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formerly in the Prodidomidae)
female: 4 mm|
male: about 3.5 mm
This species probably spends most of its time in leaf litter
Unknown but this species is probably harmless to humans
There is no question that this spider belongs in the Subfamily Prodidominae (which in 2018 was moved into the Family Gnaphosidae after originally
being in a separate family) 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 Molycria species.
Email Ron Atkinson for more information.
Last updated 20 December 2018.