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Arkys alticephala

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Species:
Arkys alticephala
(called Archemorus simsoni by Ramon Mascord)
Previous species name:
Archemorus alticephala
Family:
Arkyidae
formerly Araneidae
Body length:
female: 8 mm
male: 5 mm
Habitat:
Resting on or under green leaves
Toxicity:
Unknown, but probably harmless
Arkys alticaphala
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The most obvious visible characteristic of this small araneid is the presence of a large vertical projection in the centre of the abdomen as well as an elaborate pattern of lateral spines on the first two pairs of legs. Also noteworthy are the eyes, two pairs of which are on distinctive projections.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Arkys furcatus.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 13 May 2016.