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Amaurobiid species?

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Amaurobiid species? (QM)
(This ID is tentative. The Australian Amaurobiidae are a heterogeneous family and this spider could be a stiphidiid - see notes below)
Body length:
female: up to 6 mm
male: about 5 mm
This spider may be found in leaf litter but usually builds a small but distinctive retreat in crevices in eucalypt trunks or under loose bark; it is quite often seen and when found at all this species usually occurs in large numbers on a single tree trunk
Unknown, but probably harmless
Amaurobiid species?
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Female from above
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Underneath female
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The male
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Male side view
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Underneath male
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Claws, spinnerets
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Eyes from front
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Web in bark

The images shown on this page may actually be of two related species which may in fact belong in the Family Stiphidiidae rather than the Amaurobiidae. The above photos have much in common with the stiphidiid, Barahna booloumba, a South Queensland spider described in the following 2003 paper by Dr VT Davies: "Barahna, a new spider genus from Eastern Australia (Araneae: Amaurobioidea)", Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 49, 237 - 250. It should be noted that the Amaurobiidae and Stiphidiidae are part of the same superfamily: the Amaurbioidea, and have many anatomical similarities.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: A variety of spider species that have the 'average' body and leg shape.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 21 May 2016.