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Corasoides australis

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Corasoides australis (BY Main)
formerly Agelenidae and more recently Stiphidiidae (see Wheeler et al reference below)
Body length:
female: about 14 mm
male: about 12 mm
Like other stiphidiid species, this spider builds a sheet-like horizontal web with a network of supporting threads to hold it in place but it differs from at least some other members of this family in waiting on top of the web or in a tube-like retreat if threatened. It occurs widely across Eastern Australia
This species is probably harmless to humans but the toxicity of its venom is unknown so handle with caution
Corasoides australis
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Male from front
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A closer view
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Male from above
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A female
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Another view
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Female in web
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Underneath spiders
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Its web

Distinctive features of this spider are the pair of pale lateral lines on the top of the abdomen with rows of white dots next to them. In addition, the legs are long and slender, at least on the male, the palps of which also have a unique shape.

Note that in the Wiley online library 12 December 2016 Wheeler W.C. et al proviced justification for the transfer of the genus Corasoides for the Family stiphidiidae to the Family Desidae, this being noted in the paper Humphrey M (2016) "A Revision and Cladistic Analysis of the Genus Corasoides Butler (Araneae: Desidae) with Descriptions of Nine New Species" in Records of the Australian Museum 69, pages 15-64.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Stiphidion facetum.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 12 July 2017.