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Neostorena species |
This ID is based on similarities with other known Australian Neostorena species (see notes below)
female: about 6 mm|
Like other Neostorena species this spider probably is a ground-dwelling spider and a compulsive ant eater.
May perhaps cause mild illness
The important distinguishing features of this spider are its overall body and leg appearance (including its eye pattern), which resemble those of most members
of the Zodariidae, and the pattern of small white spots on the upper abdominal surface, which probably are unique to Neostorena species. This spider is not a match for any of
the few Neostorena species listed on the World Spider Catalog in March 2019 but it is likely that there are many Australian Neostorena species waiting to be formally described.
The pattern of pale spots on the dorsal abdomen is similar to, but by no means identical to, those on an internet photo of a male Neostorena specimen labelled as having
been photographed in South Australia by Mark Newton. Of course, the male and female of a given Neostorena species could differ significantly in markings but the spider shown
above was found in Central NSW rather than in South Australia and hence is perhaps more likely to be a different but related Neostorena species.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Other Neostorena species, including Neostorena minor.
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Last updated 9 December 2019.