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Possible amaurobiid species
Possible amaurobiid species (QM)|
(see notes below)
female: uncertain |
the specimen shown here was found in a loose mesh retreat within a house
Unknown so handle with caution
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.
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Last updated 20 January 2013.