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Karaops australiensis

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Species:
Karaops australiensis
(This identification is based on a paper by (Crews and Harvey)
Family:
Selenopidae
Body length:
female: 7 mm
male: 4.5 mm
Habitat:
Probably under loose bark, especially on eucalypts; this spider's flattened body and ability to move rapidly sideways means it can hide in small crevices
Toxicity:
Apparently unknown so handle with caution
Karaops australiensis
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Another view
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Front view
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Underneath female
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Side view

Karaops species look somewhat like a huntsman spider except that they only have 6 obvious eyes in a curved row (all huntsman species have two rows of 4 eyes) and lack a scopula on the end of each leg.

There are many Karaops species in Australia and they are reasonably similar in appearance. The one in the photos presented on this page is labelled Karaops australiensis because the spider was found near Airlie Beach on the near-north coast of Queensland, which is the known location of K. australiensis according to Crews and Harvey.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Karaops australiensis and many smaller or immature huntsman species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 9 July 2017.