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Desis species

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Species:
Desis species
(ID by Dr. R. Raven, Qld Mus.)
Family:
Desidae
Body length:
female: Unknown
male: perhaps 7-10 mm
Habitat:
Uncertain; this specimen was found inside a house
Toxicity:
Unknown but probably not dangerous to humans
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Few of the Australian Desis species have been studied so far so little is known about the natural history of any of them except those species that have adopted an intertidal habitat. While the chelicerae of most desid genera point downwards those of Paramatachia and Desis species are porrect, which means they point forwards. This may serve to facilitate movement through small caverties in wood or coral masses.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: None apart from Paramatachia species, although species from several other spider families are superficially similar to this spider.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 20 February 2017.