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Subasteron daviesae

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Species:
Subasteron daviesae
(Identification by Barbara Baehr)
Previous species name:
None
Family:
Zodariidae
Body length:
female: about 8 mm
male: about 7 mm
Habitat:
On leaves in mixed forests and also on tree trunks and in leaf litter
Toxicity:
Unknown so treat with caution
Subasteron daviesae
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Another male
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Another view

This species is not normally seen in association with any kind of insect-trapping web but prefers to ambush insects in the manner typical of corinnid and zodariid spiders. Distinguishing features of this spider are its shiny black body, yellow-orange abdominal markings, and mottled legs.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Hetaerica scenica, Storena formosa, and Neostorena species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 16 November 2006.