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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)
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
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.
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Last updated 5 February 2018.