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Arkys speechleyi

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Species:
Arkys speechleyi (Aust. Museum)
Previous species name:
Neoarchemorus speechleyi (RM)
Family:
Arkyidae
formerly Araneidae
Body length:
female: 5 mm
male: 4 mm
Habitat:
This spider usually rests on green leaves and small twigs and uses its shape and colouring as camouflage to ambush insects
Toxicity:
A small non-aggressive spider
Arkys speechleyi
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The most obvious visible characteristic of this small araneid is the presence of two projections extending backwards and sideways from the abdomen as well as an elaborate pattern of lateral spines on the first two pairs of legs. Also noteworthy are the eyes, two pairs of which are on lateral projections.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some other Arkys and Celaenia species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 15 March 2020.