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Amaurobiid species?

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Species:
Amaurobiid species?
(ID based on a paper by G. Milledge - see below)
Family:
Amaurobiidae(?)
Body length:
female: 6-12 mm
male: similar to female
Habitat:
This species normally lives in leaf litter
Toxicity:
Completely unknown
amaurobiid species?
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Front view
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Underside of spider

This spider has characteristics reminiscent of several other kinds of spiders. Its overall shape and appearance are a reasonable match for some other amaurobiid species. It does not have a cribellum but some other known amaurobiid species also lack this structure, and the fact that its four posterior eyes are comparatively large and arranged in a square also distinguishes it from most other known Australian amaurobiids. However, in the research paper by G.A. Milledge (2011): "A revision of Storenosoma Hogg and Description of a New Genus Oztira (Araneae: Amaurobiidae)" Records of the Australian Museum, 63, 1-32, the two amaurobiid genera Oztira and Storenosoma are shown as possessing an eye arrangement like that of the spider presented on this page. In addition, the overall appearance of Storenosoma (especially S. terraneum, which seems to be the species most likely to be present where the above spider was found) is similar to this South-east Queensland spider. No other Australian spider belonging to any other family comes close to matching the eye pattern of the spider shown on this page.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: A number of small dark species from several different families have an appearance that is at least superficially similar to that of this spider.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 22 May 2016.