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Unknown gnaphosid species

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Unknown gnaphosid species
(Identification as suggested by Dr. R Raven, Queensland Museum)
Body length:
female: uncertain
male: about 5 mm
This is a ground-dwelling spider likely to be found on open grond or in leaf litter
This spider is probably harmless but the toxicity of its venom is unknown so handle with caution
Unknown gnaphosid species
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The female
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Another female
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Another view
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Underneath female

Distinguishing features of this spider are its wide-set and cylindrical spinnerets. Note that it looks similar to some members of the Family Lamponidae but the white marks on the upper surfaces of the abdomen that are typical of lamponids are not present on this spider and the spinnerets are a better match for a gnaphosid than for a lamponid.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Other gnaphosids and members of the Family Lamponidae.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 29 March 2017.