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Philoponella variabilis? |
as drawn by Davies V.T. (1988) in Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 25 273-332
female: 5 mm|
male: 3.5 mm
This species builds a small orb web in branching dead twigs
Lacking venom glands, all uloborids are considered harmless to humans
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.
Known Range: Widely present from Cairns down the east coast to Melbourne.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Other uloborids such as Philoponella congregabilis and Uloborus barbipes as well as Poltys illepidus.
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Last updated 18 January 2022.