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Hetaerica scenica

Fact Box
Species:
Hetaerica scenica
(Identified by Barbara Baehr, Queensland Museum)
Family:
Zodariidae
Body length:
female: 13 mm
male: 11 mm
Habitat:
In retreats, which may be shallow burrows in the ground, or on/under leaves in eucalypt forests
Toxicity:
Unknown so treat with caution
Hetaerica scenica
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This species is not normally seen in association with any kind of insect-trapping web but prefers to ambush insects. Its preferred food is said to be ants.

Distinguishing features of this spider are the pattern and colour of its markings and the circle of 6 eyes surrounding a central pair of eyes.

Spiders with a very similar appearance: Storena formosa, Habronestes hunti, and Subasteron daviesae.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 20 April 2009.