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Cyrtophora cylindroides?

Fact Box
Species:
Cyrtophora cylindroides?
(See notes below)
Family:
Araneidae
formerly Argiopidae
Body length:
female: Up to 20 mm
male: Uncertain
Habitat:
In a complex web strung between the branches of shrubs
Toxicity:
Unknown; may cause mild illness but rarely bites humans
Cyrtophora cylindroides?

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.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 23 January 2018