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Therlinya vexillum

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Therlinya vexillum
(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: 7 mm
male: 6 mm
This species is usually found resting under a horizontal sheet web under logs or in soil banks or in leaf litter
Unknown but this spider is probably far too small to cause any kind of illness in humans
Therlinya vexillum
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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 obvious markings on the front half of its body. It also has paired pale patches on its dorsal abdomen.

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.
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Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 11 July 2017.