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Sondra aurea

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Species:
Sondra aurea (QM)
(the golden Sondra)
(ID: see notes below)
Family:
Salticidae
Body length:
female: 6 mm
male: 5 mm
Habitat:
This small salticid is most often found in leaf litter but may sometimes hide under loose bark of trees
Toxicity:
This species may be too small to present a significant hazard to humans but may cause local inflammation and pain
Sondra aurea
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Adult female
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In its retreat
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Another view
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Teeth on chelicera

The spider images shown on this page closely resemble the drawings shown for Sondra aurea in the following paper: Zabka M. (2002) "Salticidae (Arachnida: Araneae) from the Oriental, Australian and Pacific Regions, XV", Records of the Ausgtralian Museum, 54, 257-268, but there are some inconsistencies that cast slight doubts on the above identification. Firstly, Zabka indicates that S. aurea is present only in Eastern Australia yet several of the photos included in the above set are of a specimen photographed in Perth. In addition, Zabka's drawings show a row of 8 teeth on the chelicerae whereas only 6 teeth appear to be present in one of the above images. This may mean that at least some of the photos presented on this page are of a related Sondra species.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Several salticid genera with brown bodies that lack distinctive anatomical specialisations.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 16 October 2017.