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Parahelpis abnormis

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Parahelpis abnormis
(Identification as proposed by Gardzinska and Zabka - see reference below, but note that this South Queensland spider is similar and closely related to the Australian Helpis species)
Body length:
female: 6 mm
male: 5.5 mm
Usually found on tree trunks, perhaps under loose bark
This species is is not likely to be dangerous to humans but may cause local pain and inflammation
Parahelpis species
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A female

The identification proposed above for the spider presented on this page is based on a paper published by (Gardzinska and Zabka). Note that Astia, Arasia, Adoxotoma, Helpis, Sondra, Parahelpis and Tauala are considered to be a closely related group of genera with many physical similarities. On the first pair of walking legs they all have two pairs of long spines on the metatarsus (the second segment inwards from the tip of the leg) but while Australian Adoxotoma species have 5 pairs of spines on Tibia I (the middle leg segment) and most of the others have 3 pairs, Parahelpis has 4 pairs of tibial spines. The species shown on this page is also considered to be Parahelpis because its carapace is strongly arched in front whereas on Arasia species it is not.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Helpis minitabunda.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 2 July 2017.