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Karaops species

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Species:
Karaops species
(with similarities to K. raveni as presented by (Crews and Harvey)
Family:
Selenopidae
Body length:
female: perhaps 9 mm
male: perhaps 7 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 this spider should be handled with caution
Karaops species
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Front view
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Underneath female
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Side view

This species looks somewhat like a huntsman spider except that it only has 6 obvious eyes in a curved row (all huntsman species have two rows of 4 eyes) and it lacks a scopula on the end of each leg.

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


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 4 january 2013.