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Philoponella pantherina

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Philoponella pantherina
(ID as described below)
Body length:
female: 7 mm
male: 5.5 mm
This species builds its web among green leaves and probably elsewhere as well
Lacking venom glands, all uloborids must be considered harmless to humans
Philoponella pantherina
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'4 hump' abdomen
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Underside of male
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A female

The species Uloborus pantherinus (now changed to Philoponella pantherina) was originally described and published in 1890 by Keyserling in Die Arachniden Australiens and the spider in the above photos seem to match the very basic drawings presented by Keyserling and also the photo included in Field Guide to spiders of Australia published in 2017 by R. Whyte and G. Anderson. It is accepted as a NSW species, which is where the specimen in the above photos was found.

Known Range: Presently seems to be restricted to Eastern NSW.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Other uloborids especially Philoponella congregabilis.

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Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 18 January 2022.