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Sondra variabilis?

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Sondra variabilis?
(Wanless 1988)
Body length:
female: perhaps 5-6 mm
male: about 5 mm
Probably lives on brown tree trunks or on rock surfaces
Unknown so handle with caution
Sondra variabilis?
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The distinctive surface characteristics of this spider are the uniform dark brown colour with a pale stripe down the centre of the abdomen and a black eye patch plus a sparse pattern of white scales. There are no good colour photos of a fresh example of this species but its name indicates that its appearance is variable anyway. It is a reasonable fit for the genus Sondra and the location in which it was found (Airlie Beach) is at the lower end of the known range of Sondra variabilis.

Known range: Occasionally found near Innisfail and in coastal Northern NSW but nowhere else.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some other genera within the Astiae superfamly.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 3 February 2022.