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Anzacia species?

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Species:
Anzacia species? (QM)
(ID based on similarities with internet images: see below)
Family:
Gnaphosidae
Body length:
female: about 4 mm
male: perhaps 3.5 mm
Habitat:
This species is a very common inhabitant of leaf litter in eucalypt forests; it does not normally use an insect-trapping web, preferring to ambush its prey
Toxicity:
This spider is not aggressive and its fangs are probably too small to penetrate human skin
Anzacia species
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Underneath female
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The male
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Male palps
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Male spinnerets

The wide-set spinnerets on the above spider mean it surely belongs in the Family Gnaphosidae and the silvery sheen, especially on the abdomen, strongly suggests it is an Anzacia species. Photos of spiders with similar appearance can be found on the internet and especially on the Tasmanian Spiders website, and at least two named Anzacia species are listed by the World Spider Catalog for Queensland, which was where the specimens on this page were found.

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


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 30 April 2017.