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Lynx spider

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Species:
Oxyopes macilentus (QM)
(ID also based on Koch's original drawings of this species)
Family:
Oxyopidae
Body length:
female: 10 mm
male: 9 mm
Habitat:
On the surfaces of green leaves in garden shrubs; this large oxyopid species has a colouring pattern that blends well with the colours of flowers and green leaves; this very mobile spider usually ambushes its prey but can build a web
Toxicity:
Unknown so treat with caution; it jumps strongly so could accidentally enter clothing and might then bite; its bite may lead to pain and mild human illness
Oxyopes macilentus
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Front view
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Female and eggs
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Another female

It is perhaps the most attractively patterned oxyopid found in South-east Queensland.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: This spider has markings similar to several other Oxyopes species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 5 January 2015.