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Tamopsis species

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Species:
Tamopsis species (QM)
probably Tamopsis brisbanensis
Family:
Hersiliidae
Body length:
female: 7 mm
male: 4 mm
Habitat:
Hersiliids normally live on dry bark that matches their colour well, so they are difficult to see until they move. A good indicator that they are there is the presence of their egg sacs, which are small round white spheres suspended rigidly on a silken stalk 10-15 mm long
Toxicity:
May be too small and timid to cause harm to any human
Tamopsis species
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Another female
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The male
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Its egg sac
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The most significant physical features of this spider are the very long spinnerets. The slender legs and camouflage colours are also important for identification purposes. Males are often found on the trunks of living trees in Spring. The small round egg sacs are easy to find in Autumn in districts where this species is common.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Tamopsis fickerti.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 16 October 2009.