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Eilica species |
(The identification of this spider to genus level is based on the information shown below. Its species name is uncertain and it may be an unnamed
female: about 5 mm|
male: about 4.5 mm
Eilica species are fast-moving, ground-dwelling spiders and at least some of them feed exclusively on ants
Unknown; handle with caution though this is probably a harmless species
The recognition of this spider as an Eilica species was based on its similarity with other known Eilica species and the original description
of the genus Eilica as presented in the following paper: Platnick N.I. (1975) "A Revision of the Spider Genus Eilica (Araneae, Gnaphosidae)"
American Museum Novitates 2578, pages 1-19.
The distinguishing feature of this spider is the set of seven yellow spots the abdomen. In this respect it resembles an Eilica species found in South Australia
and known as the six-spotted Eilica species because it has the same abdominal spots except for the the central one immediately above the spinnerets. Its markings do
not match any of those on Eilica species named by Platnick in his various publications.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some other Eilica species.
Email Ron Atkinson for more information.
Last updated 23 November 2017.