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Kilyana species

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Kilyana species
(probably one of at least two species as explained in the notes below)
Body length:
female: 12-14 mm
male: 9-10 mm
This species lives in a retreat in crevices among rocks and in leaf litter in rainforest habitats and tends to wander above ground, ambushing insects and other small prey
The toxicity of the venom of this spider is completely unknown
Kilyana species
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A closer view

The identification of this spider is based on the following research paper: Raven RJ and Stumkat KS (2005) "Revision of Australian ground-hunting spiders: II. Zoropsidae (Lycosoidea: Araneae)" Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 50(2): 347-423.

Perhaps the best known of the Australian zoropsids is Kilyana hendersoni and the specimen on this page certainly resembles that species. However, the known range of K. hendersoni is claimed to be some rainforest areas around Brisbane, whereas the specimen shown above was found in the Cania Gorge National Park, which is inland from Bundaberg and near Monto. The rainforest in this locality is known to contain two Kilyana species: K. kroombit and K. obrieni, so the specimen shown above could be one of those.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some closely related zoropsid species.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 4 December 2017.