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Cycloctenid species

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Cycloctenid species (QM)
(Note: Dr Robert Raven of Queensland Museum suggests the anatomical features of this spider most nearly match those of the Cycloctenidae but also resemble members of the closely related Zoridae)
Body length:
female: 4-5 mm
male: 3.5 mm
This is a leaf litter spider found in damp eucalypt forests and if present at all can be relatively easy to collect
The toxicity of the venom of this spider is unknown but it is not an aggressive species and is probably too small to be harmful to humans
Cycloctenid species
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Oblique view
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Underneath female
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Leg spines
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Immature male
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Underneath male
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Female epigynum
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The spinnerets
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Eyes of female

Features of this male that assist with its identification are its colour scheme and the presence of 6 pairs of long spines on the underside of the tibia of the first two pairs of legs and another 3 pairs of spines on the adjacent metatarsi of the same legs. When the spider chooses to do so it can spread these spines sideways to produce a two-sided-comb effect.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: None.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 28 October 2010.