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Eilica species

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Species:
Eilica species
(ID based on similarities with other known Eilica species)
Family:
Gnaphosidae
Body length:
female: about 7 mm
male: about 6 mm
Habitat:
Probably mostly found in leaf litter or on open ground
Toxicity:
Unknown so handle with caution
Eilica species

The correct species name for the spider shown above is uncertain but its identity as an Eilica species seems certain on the basis of the original description of the genus Eilica as supplied by Norman Platnick in his 1975 paper: "A Revision of the Spider Genus Eilica (Araneae, Gnaphosidae)" American Museum Novitates 2578, pages 1-19. Unfortunately, Platnick presented no photos or whole-body drawings of Australian Eilica species so the species name of the spider shown on this page cannot be stated at the present time.

Distinguishing features of this kind of spider are its wide-set cylindrical anterior (i.e. lower when viewed from above) spinnerets and the pattern of large white patches on its upper abdominal surfaces.

It is a fast-moving ground spider and probably an ant mimic that feeds exclusively on ants.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some other gnaphosids such as the many Eilica species and some miturgid species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 4 May 2017.