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Forsterina species?

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Species:
Forsterina species?
(The identity of this spider is uncertain for the reasons explained below)
Family:
Desidae
Body length:
female: perhaps 9 mm
male: about 8 mm
Habitat:
The normal habitat occupied by this species is uncertain
Toxicity:
Uncertain; may cause mild illness in humans but no records of bitings by this species are available
Forsterina species?
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The photos included on this page do not show some taxonomically important characters that would convincingly place this spider within the Family Desidae but its overall appearance seems a better match for the Desidae than for any other spider family. It is suggested to be a Forsterina species solely on the basis of similarities with a photo of a male spider placed on the BowerBird website and identified by Mark Newton as a Forsterina species. The characters on the Bowerbird spider that match those on the spider shown on this page are the general shape of the spider, its colour scheme (especially the dark but faintly patterned abdomen), the number and position of erect spines on the femur of each leg, and the row of vertical hairs on the underside of each femur. The World Spider Catalog lists only two Eastern Australian Forsterina species (the one shown above being found west of Bundaberg, Queensland) but no photos or taxonomic descriptions of either of them appear to be available.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: None.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 25 April 2017.