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Philoponella variabilis?

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Species:
Philoponella variabilis?
as drawn by Davies V.T. (1988) in Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 25 273-332
Family:
Uloboridae
Body length:
female: 5 mm
male: 3.5 mm
Habitat:
This species builds a small orb web in branching dead twigs
Toxicity:
Lacking venom glands, all uloborids are considered harmless to humans
Philoponella variabilis?
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Another specimen
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Another specimen
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Web and food mass
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Another female

Although the overall body shape of this species is similar to some Poltys species, the latter lack the web-spinning cribellum and thin sensory hairs (trichobothria) on the legs which Philoponella and other uloborids have.

As can be seen in the above images, this kind of spider varies its camouflage colours to suit the habitat it is occupying.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Other uloborids such as Philoponella congregabilis and Uloborus barbipes as well as Poltys illepidus.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 24 October 2017.