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Calamoneta species

Fact Box
Species:
Calamoneta species (QM)
Family:
Eutichuridae
formerly Clubionidae
Body length:
female: 5-8 mm
male: about 4-7 mm
Habitat:
Often in a small retreat among green leaves
Toxicity:
May cause mild illness
Calamoneta species

Calamoneta and Cheiracanthium were both genera within the miturgid subfamily Eutichurinae but in a major taxonomic revision published in 2014 this subfamily was elevated to full Family status. Calamoneta species are claimed to be restricted to the northern half of Australia whereas Cheiracanthium species can be found over the entire country.

A characteristic of Calamoneta males is the presence of a very long and flexible first pair of legs. In addition the fangs and associated structures are very prominent and tend to point forwards.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Cheiracanthium species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 4 June 2016.