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Carepalxis species

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Species:
Carepalxis species
(Note: ID as shown in the paper published by B.Y. Main)
Family:
Araneidae
formerly Argiopidae
Body length:
female: about 8 mm
male: about 5 mm?
Habitat:
This spider builds a small orb web late in the evening then destroys it the next morning, resting quietly on a dry twig during the daylight hours
Toxicity:
Unknown, but a bite by this small spider is unlikely to cause serious illness
Carepalxis species
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Front view
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Side view
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Rear view

This spider's body shape, colour and resting posture are such that it closely resembles a gum nut and it is presumed to use these features as camouflage.

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


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 8 September 2009