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Unknown lamponid

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Unknown lamponid (QM)
Body length:
female: about 15 mm
male: about 12 mm
Found under bark or wandering on open surfaces in tropical rainforest locations
Unknown but handle with caution since it may be able to cause necrotising arachnidism, although there is now strong evidence that no member of the 'white-tailed' spider family has a significant ability to cause this kind of medical problem in humans
Lamponid species
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Another specimen
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Side view
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Underneath spider

This species appears similar to the white-tailed spider, Lampona murina, but recent taxonomic work by Platnick has indicated that the Family Lamponidae actually contains almost 200 members, many of which are no longer classified as Lampona species. It is very difficult for a non-expert to distinguish most of these species from each other. It is also possible the photographs shown on this page are only of immature L. murina specimens, the white abdominal markings of which tend to fade as the spiders mature.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Lampona murina and other Australian lamponids.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 23 November 2012.