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Cytaea severa (QM)|
(but see notes below)
female: about 6 mm|
male: about 5 mm
This salticid tends to use the camouflage of flowers and green leaves with matching colours
Unknown but a bite by this spider may lead to pain and local inflammation
The spider shown above has been called Cytaea severa, this being the one currently accepted by the
World Spider Catalog but this species was originally named Plexippus severus by
Thorell in 1881 then Keyserling independently named it Cytaea alburna in 1882. It certainly is not a Plexippus species and as recently as 1999 it was
listed as Cytaea alburna. However, current opinion now seems to be that Cytaea plumbieventris may be the best name for at least some of the images shown
on this page based on present taxonomic conventions but further reviews of this genus are presently occurring.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Several other Australian salticids.
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Last updated 21 December 2016