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Australomisidia pilula

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Australomisidia pilula
(Identification source: see notes below)
Body length:
female: 6 mm
male: 4 mm
It is claimed that this species mostly hides in flowers where its colour provides excellent camouflage, allowing it to ambush any insect that is attracted by the flower's nectar
The toxicity of this spider towards humans is unknown but its small size means the risk is probably minimal
Australomisidia pilula
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Note: This species was widely accepted as Diaea pilula until 2014 when its generic name was changed to the one shown above by P. Szymkowiak in Annales of Zoologici Warszawa, Volume 64, pages 333-477.

Note also that the abdominal markings on the female of this species are rather different to those on the male. The long red or brown patch on the dorsal abdomen of the male is reduced to small area just in front of the spinnerets, the rest of the abdomen typically being yellow in colour.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Several other thomisid genera.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 27 November 2017.