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Possible desid species

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Possible desid species (QM)
(desids are difficult to separate from members of closely related families, a stereo microscope being needed - see notes below)
Body length:
female: 5 mm
male: about 3 mm
This species may be found among green leaves or under the loose bark of trees in eucalypt forests
Probably too small to cause illness in humans and accidental contact is unlikely anyway
Possible desid species
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Side view
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Underside of spider

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: A variety of spider species have the same 'average' body and leg shape and lycosid-like markings, but the undivided cribellum in front of the spinnerets distinguishes a dictynid from most of the species that resemble it, although it now appears that some members of the Family Desidae may also have an undivided cribellum and hence this spider could actually be a desid rather than a dictynid.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 17 June 2010.