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Two-spined spider

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Species:
Poecilopachys australasia
(BB)
Previous species name:
Poecilopachys bispinosa
Family:
Araneidae
formerly Argiopidae
Body length:
female: about 7 mm
male: 2.5 mm
Habitat:
This species only forms a small orb web at night and is not often noticed during the daylight hours as it rests underneath green leaves. It makes a small orb web during the night and may also be found guarding a small brown spindle-shaped, papery egg sac
Toxicity:
The toxicity of the venom of this spider towards humans is unknown but it is a small, non-aggressive spider and thus is most unlikely to cause significant harm to any human
Poecilopachys australasia
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Front view
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Side view
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A juvenile?
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Another view
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A bit more mature
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Even more mature
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Another juvenile
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The male

Young females and adult males lack the pair of large abdominal spurs and the bright colours that characterize the adult females. They also have an unusual sparse pattern of large body hairs which are less prominent on the body of an adult female and gradually disappear as she approaches maturity.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Other jewel spiders, such as Austracantha minax and Gasteracantha quadrispinosa.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 20 November 2010.