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Battalus wallum?

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Species:
Battalus wallum? (R. Raven)
(similar to Battalus spinipes; see notes below)
Family:
Corinnidae?
Subfamily Castianierinae
Body length:
female: 5 mm
male: 5 mm
Habitat:
This fast-moving species is usually found in leaf litter in eucalypt forests. Its similarity with some ant species means it does not need a web to catch its prey
Toxicity:
The toxicity of the venom of this spider is unknown but may be mildly toxic to humans and therefore specimens should be handled with caution
Battalus wallum?
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Another female
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Another female
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Male
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Underside of male
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A related species?

The strong spides on the first pairs of legs of this spider indicate it belongs to the corinnid group that includes Battalus spinipes. However, the latter species seems to be present only in North Queensland whereas the range of Battalus wallum includes South-east Queensland.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Several corinnid species as well as some other vagrant and leaf litter spider Families, including several of the Lamponidae.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 17 August 2015.