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Selenops australiensis

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Species:
Selenops australiensis (RM)
Family:
Selenopidae
Body length:
female: 9 mm
male: 7 mm
Habitat:
Normally found under loose bark, especially on eucalypt trees; this spider's flattened body and ability to move rapidly sideways means it can hide in very small crevices; its colour scheme also blends well with that of the tree trunk on which it is resting
Toxicity:
Unknown but its fangs are very small and the spider is expremely timid so it is unlikely to cause serious illness in humans
Selenops australiensis
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Front view
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Preserved female

This species looks somewhat like a huntsman spider except that it only has 6 eyes (all huntsman species have 8 eyes) and it lacks a scopula on the end of each leg.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Many smaller or immature huntsman species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 22 December 2006.