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Therlinya species

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Therlinya species
(or a closely related genus; see notes below for the reference to the paper by Michael Gray and Helen Smith on which this identification is based)
Body length:
female: 4 mm
male: 3.5 mm
This species is usually found in leaf litter or bark crevices
Unknown but this spider is probably far too small to cause any kind of illness in humans
Therlinya species
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View from above
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Underneath female
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Female epigynum
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The male
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Underneath male

The above spider is identified as a Therlinya species on the basis of the contents of the following paper: Gray M.R. and Smith H.M. (2002) "Therlinya, a new genus of spiders from Eastern Australia (Araneae: amaurobioidea)" Records of the Australian Museum, 54, 293-312.

Therlinya distinguishes itself from other similar stiphidiids in lacking and longitudinal banding on the front half of its body.

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 stiphidiids have a divided cribellum in front of the spinnerets distinguish them from many of the spiders that superficially resemble them.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 21 October 2010.