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Deliochus zelivira

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Species:
Deliochus zelivira (JS)
(also as advised by (Qld. Mus.)
Family:
Araneidae
formerly Tetragnathidae
Body length:
female: 11 mm
male: 5 mm
Habitat:
In a retreat of eucalypt leaves, including green ones, which is also used as a brood chamber for egg-laying; a tube-like entrance of silk is often present
Toxicity:
Unknown; the fangs of the female may be large enough to be able to envenomate a human but this species shows no obvious aggression towards humans (it probably should still be handled with caution) and the male is too small to present a significant hazard
Deliochus zelivira
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Female side view
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Male from above
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Male from above
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Male from side
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Under both sexes
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The retreat
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Both in the retreat

This spider is a relative of the common leaf-curling spider, Phonognatha graeffei, but is less common. The male is much smaller than the female and has reddish stripes along the upper surfaces of the abdomen which are not present on the female. It is sometimes found within the female's retreat.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Deliochus pulcher, Phonognatha graeffei and Araneus dimidiatus.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 9 November 2017.