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Storena formosa

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Species:
Storena formosa (RM)
Family:
Zodariidae
Body length:
female: 16 mm
male: 12 mm
Habitat:
This species makes a retreat in moist leaf litter and in crevices or under rocks and logs. Both sexes are vagrants but the males are more often encountered than the females because they have a strong tendency to wander during the breeding season
Toxicity:
The toxicity of this spider is uncertain but it is considered potentially hazardous to humans and should be handled with caution
Storena formosa
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A living male
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Another male
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Adult female
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Another female

The important visible features of this spider are the smoothly arched carapace, the longitudinal fovea, and the presence of two pairs of white dots plus a single white dot on the upper abdominal surface. The normal body colours are a purple-black abdomen and legs and carapace that are red to black.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Neostorena species, Hetaerica scenica, Subasteron daviesae, and Storosa obscura.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 10 March 2009.