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Philoponella species

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Species:
Philoponella species
(This identification is as suggested by Dr. Robert Raven of the Queensland Museum)
Family:
Uloboridae
Body length:
female: about 5 mm
male: about 4 mm
Habitat:
This species builds its web among green leaves and probably elsewhere as well
Toxicity:
Lacking venom glands, all uloborids must be considered harmless to humans
Philoponella species
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View from above
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Front view
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Underneath female
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The male

This spider does not have the 'humped' abdomen that is present on most Australian Uloborus and Philoponella species and its overall body shape is perhaps a better match for a Miagrammopes flavus. However, it clearly has 8 eyes whereas Miagrammopes species only have four eyes, two of which are unusually large, at least on one species.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: A variety of species from several different families but particularly the uloborid Miagrammopes flavus.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 5 March 2013.