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Gnaphosid species

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Species:
Gnaphosid species (QM)
(Note: Many Australian gnaphosids have yet to be given appropriate scientific names)
Family:
Gnaphosidae
Body length:
female: about 4-7 mm
male: perhaps 3.5 mm
Habitat:
This species is often found under bark or in leaf litter in eucalypt forests
Toxicity:
Not known to be dangerous to humans but handle with caution
Gnaphosid species
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In its retreat
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Eye arrangement
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Another specimen
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Another view

Distinguishing features of this spider are the coat of soft grey hair that covers most of its body and the wide-set anterior (i.e. lower when viewed from above) spinnerets which are a characteristics of all gnaphosids.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Clubionid species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 3 January 2013.