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Lynx spider

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Species:
Oxyopes amoenus
Note: This species name is as accepted by the Atlas of Living Australia and as presented Whyte R. and Anderson G. in "A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia" (2017)
Family:
Oxyopidae
Body length:
female: 8 mm
male: 7 mm
Habitat:
This species may be found on the leaves and bark but more commonly in moderately dry areas of inland Australia
Toxicity:
Unknown; this species may be too small to cause serious illness but the bite of this spider is said to be painful
Oxyopes amoenus
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Male and female
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The male
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Underneath male

Oxyopids share with most salticids the ability to move about by jumping from surface to surface. Members of all other spider families are unable to jump significantly although they may fall from a height and be carried in the breeze if small. Another distinctive characteristic of oxyopids is that on their head region there is a hexagonal ring of six moderately large eyes and a pair of smaller eyes in front of this ring.

Like all oxyopids this species has relatively long, spiny legs which are partly folded back over the body for much of the time. The spines are comparatively unusual in that they project out at right angles to the legs.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: A number of other Oxyopes species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 27 September 2017.