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Gippsicola robusta

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Gippsicola robusta
(This identification is derived from a Zootaxa research paper as shown in the notes below)
Body length:
female: 15 mm
male: 7-11 mm
This species lives in tree trunks and rotted logs in silk-lined holes with radiating entrance threads
Unknown but may cause mild illness in humans so handle with caution
Gippsicola robusta
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The identification of the spider shown on this page is derived from the following paper: AM Giroti and AD Brescovit (2017) "Revision of the spider genus Gippsicola robustus Hogg (Araneae: Segestriidae)" Zootaxa 4227(3): 390-406.

This species is uniformly dark coloured except that the abdomen is normally less dark than the rest of the spider and dorsally has transverse rows of dark marks. This spider has three pairs of legs pointing forward and the fourth pair pointing backwards as is usual for segestriid species. Only six eyes are present.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Many other spider species with 'unspecialised' body shapes but especially other Gippsicola species.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 13 August 2018.