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Arkys alatus

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Species:
Arkys alatus (Aust. Museum)
Previous species name:
Arcys alatus (RM)
Family:
Arkyidae
formerly Araneidae
Body length:
female: about 6 mm
male: perhaps 3 mm
Habitat:
This spider probably makes little use of a web instead hides among green leaves and small twigs and uses shape and colouring camouflage to ambush insects
Toxicity:
Unknown, but this is a small and non-aggressive spider
Arkys alatus
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The most obvious visible characteristic of this small araneid is the presence of two projections extending backwards and sideways from 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 lateral projections.

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


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