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Ostearius melanopygius

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Species:
Ostearius melanopygius
(ID by Helen Smith and Graham Milledge, Australian Museum)
Family:
Linyphiidae
Body length:
female: 3 mm
male: 2.5 mm
Habitat:
This species can be found in a great variety of habitats including gardens, structures around houses, and decaying organic matter as in compost pits, and is now also claimed to be present in Europe, Africa, Brazil, Hawaii, and New Zealand
Toxicity:
This spider is probably too small to harm any human
Ostearius melanopygius?
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Another female
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Another view
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Another view

Ostearius malanopygius is not often noticed because of its small size. Its uniformly orange-red abdomen with a black tip is its most distinctive characteristic.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: None.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 22 October 2017.