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Cosmophasis thalassina

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Cosmophasis thalassina (from Zabka and Waldock)
Body length:
female: about 7 mm
male: about 6 mm
Queensland tropical rainforests
May cause local inflammation
Cosmophasis thalassina
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There is some doubt as to the correct species name for all specimens of this spider. It has been widely accepted as Cosmophasis micans for at least 40 years but in a very recent paper Marek Zabka and Julianne Waldock have reported that they could not find any specimens that were definitely Cosmophasis micans in either museum collections or in the field. On the other hand, they admit the information originally published by Simon in 1901 strongly indicates that this species does exist. Cosmaophasis thalassina is also well established as an Australian species and seems to be the most appropriate name for the males shown on this page.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Several other Cosmophasis species.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 21 December 2016.