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Habronestes hunti

Fact Box
Species:
Habronestes hunti
(Identified by Barbara Baehr, Queensland Museum)
Family:
Zodariidae
Body length:
female: about 14 mm
male: about 12 mm
Habitat:
In retreats, which may be shallow burrows in the ground, or on/under leaves in eucalypt forests
Toxicity:
The toxicity of this relatively large spider is unknown so it should be handled with caution
Habronestes hunti
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Male palps

This species is not normally seen in association with any kind of insect-trapping web but prefers to ambush insects. Its preferred food is said to be ants.

Distinguishing features of this spider are the pattern and colour of its markings and the circle of 6 eyes surrounding a central pair of eyes.

Spiders with a very similar appearance: Storena formosa, Subasteron daviesae and Hetaerica scenica.


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