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Possible amaurobiid species

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Species:
Possible amaurobiid species (QM)
(see notes below)
Family:
Amaurobiidae?
Body length:
female: uncertain
male: uncertain
Habitat:
the specimen shown here was found in a loose mesh retreat within a house
Toxicity:
Unknown so handle with caution
Amaurobiid species?
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Another view

The borders between the Families Amaurobiidae, Dictynidae, Desidae and some other spider families are inadequately defined, at least in the Australian context, so the family indicated above may be incorrect. This spider has been tentatively presented as an amaurobiid species because of its similarities with a Manjala species, a photo of which is included on a CD produced by the Queensland Museum in 2002. Manjala is a genus only known to be found in Queensland but the spider presented in the above photos was found in NSW. In addition, Manjala has long, slender spines lying almost parallel with and on the underside of the first two pairs of legs and these are not apparent in either of the above images. Hence for the time being this spider can only be labelled as a possible amaurobiid and may in fact be either another amaurobiid species or a member of an entirely different spider family.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Several other spider species that have small bodies and two pairs of long slender legs that retract over the body. This includes Australomimetus species, although the Mimetidae have obvious spines on their legs which the spider presented on this page appears to lack.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 20 January 2013.