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Storena formosa

Fact Box
Storena formosa (RM)
Body length:
female: 16 mm
male: 12 mm
This species makes a retreat in moist leaf litter and in crevices or under rocks and logs. Both sexes are vagrants but the males have a stronger tendency to wander during the breeding season
The toxicity of this spider is uncertain but it is considered potentially hazardous to humans and should be handled with caution
Storena formosa
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A living male
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Another male
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Adult female
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Another female

The important visible features of this spider are the smoothly arched carapace, the longitudinal fovea, and the presence of two pairs of white dots plus a single white dot on the upper abdominal surface. The normal body colours are a purple-black abdomen and legs and carapace that are red to black.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Neostorena species, Hetaerica scenica, Subasteron daviesae, and Storosa obscura.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 27 July 2010.