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Australomimetus species (QM)|
Note: This is a North Queensland species found near Airlie Beach
female: about 5 mm|
male: about 3 mm
Usually on green leaves, under fallen logs, or on the edge of the webs of other spiders which this species feeds on when the opportunity arises
Unknown; this species is relatively small and bitings are rare because the spider is timid and secretive
These spiders are called pirate spiders because they feed on other spiders rather than on insects. Australomimetus species no not use webbing to catch their
prey but may use a small amount as protection for their eggs and subsequent spiderlings.
Mimetids are characterised by a row of large curved spines separated by sets of small spines on the tibia and the next segment (the metatarsus) of the first pair of legs.
The first two pairs of legs are much longer than the other two pairs and sometimes fold back over the spider's body. All legs are obviously spiny but the spines are not as erect as on oxyopid spiders.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Australomimetus species and some oxyopid species.
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Last updated 30 August 2012.