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Comb-footed platform spider

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Species:
Parasteatoda mundula (Platnick)
(at one time considered to be P. decorata; see notes below)
Previous species name:
Achaearanea decorata
Family:
Theridiidae
Body length:
female: 7 mm
male: about 3 mm
Habitat:
This spider normally lives in a dry leaf and tangled web, usually suspended in a fork of a tree branch or loose bark
Toxicity:
Both sexes of this species may be too small to cause more than mild illness in humans but they should still be handled with caution
Parasteatoda mundula
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Another view
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From above
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Oblique view
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With egg sac
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Another view
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From above
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Oblique view
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The male

The spider presented on this page was initially labelled Parasteatoda mundula, based on the photo of this species published by the Australian Museum. However, in the World Spider Catalog P. mundula is listed as being present in countries north of Australia but not in Australia itself. It was therefore thought that the spider presented on this page is actually Parasteatoda decorata, a species with a very similar appearance, but recent evidence now indicates that the original identification was in fact correct.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Latrodectus hasseltii.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 8 November 2017.