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Cycloctenid species

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Species:
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)
Family:
Cycloctenidae
Body length:
female: 4-5 mm
male: 3.5 mm
Habitat:
This is a leaf litter spider found in damp eucalypt forests and if present at all can be relatively easy to collect
Toxicity:
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.