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Copocrossa species

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Species:
Copocrossa species (QM)
(probably juvenile; lighter than the North Queensland species, Copocrossa tenuilineata
Family:
Salticidae
Body length:
female: perhaps 4 mm
male: about 3 mm
Habitat:
Usually wandering on green leaves or perhaps bark
Toxicity:
Too small to be hazardous to humans
Copocrossa species
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Distinguishing features of Copocrossa are its general shape and flattened cephalothorax but especially its first pair of legs on which the innermost major segment (called the femur) is reasonably long but not very robust, the tibia is very stout and spiny, and the two outer leg segments are quite thin and short.

The World Spider Catalog only lists one Australian Copocrossa species, Copocrossa tenuilineata, but this is a North Queensland species whereas the spider in the above images was found in South Queensland. It must therefore be concluded that either this is a second Australian species or the range of Copocrossa tinuilineata is much wider that was originally believed.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Arasia species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 16 June 2017.