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Paramatachia species

Fact Box
Species:
Paramatachia species (RM)
Family:
Desidae
(formerly Dictynidae)
Body length:
female: about 8 mm
male: about 7 mm
Habitat:
This spider builds its retreat in a hollow twig or small branch and has a characteristic collar and radiating web at the entrance to the retreat
Toxicity:
Uncertain. The venom of this species could be potentially harmful so handle with caution
Paramatachia species
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Underneath male
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Oblique view
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Its retreat
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The female
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Another view
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Female retreat
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Eggs in burrow

There are several described Australian Paramatachia species. The one shown on this page is similar in appearance to P. tubicola but this species is claimed to be found only in South Australia and Tasmania, the most certain Queensland species being P. decorata.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: None.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 26 September 2012.