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Habronestes hebronae

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Habronestes hebronae
(The identification of this NSW species is based on a 2003 paper by Queensland Museum arachnologist Dr B. Baehr; see notes below)
Body length:
female: 5.8 mm
male: 4.6 mm
Habronestes species are mainly found in semi-arid habitats and are ground-dwellers though they also are presumed to occupy small burrows in the ground
This small spider is probably harmless to humans
Habronestes hebronae
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The identification of the spider shown on this page as Habronestes hebronae was based on similarities with an illustration in the following paper: Baehr B. (2003) "Revision of the Australian spider genus Habronestes (Araneae: Zodariidae) Species of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory" Records of the Australian Museum 55: 343-376.

Habronestes species are ground-dwellers and are often seen associated with ants, which they tend to mimic (even to the extent of copying their pheromones) and prefer as food.

Spiders with a very similar appearance: Some other zodariids, especially Habronestes ppecies.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 5 February 2018.