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Cyrtophora cylindroides? |
(See notes below)
female: Up to 20 mm|
In a complex web strung between the branches of shrubs
Unknown; may cause mild illness but rarely bites humans
The identity of this spider is uncertain although it has the overall appearance of a Cyrtophora species. Its surface markings are a good match for those of a spider
with the same name presented in the 2017 book A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Victoria, written by Robert Whyte and Greg Anderson. This
spider was first described by Walckenaer in 1841 and the early drawings of it are not detailed enough to ensure a confident identification. To add to the confusion Cyrtophora
cylindroides is claimed to be present in many parts of Asia but many Asian photos of it show a spider the abdomen of which is mostly a bright yellow colour. The abdominal
markings of this spider otherwise make it reasonably easy to recognize.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Cyrtophora moluccensis.
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Last updated 23 January 2018