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Menneus superciliosus

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Species:
Menneus superciliosus
(was listed as an Avella species; ID as per notes below)
Family:
Deinopidae
formerly Dinopidae
Body length:
female: 9 mm
male: 9 mm
Habitat:
Clinging to tall grass or low shrubs; more likely to be active at night than during the day
Toxicity:
Unknown; not known to cause human illness
Menneus superciliosus
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Diagonal view
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View from above
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Front view

The identity of this spider is based on the contents of the following paper: Coddington J.A., Kuntner M. and Odell B.D. "Systematics of the spider family Deinopidae with a revision of the genus Avella" Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 636, 1-61. A matching image labelled as Menneus superciliosus can be found in the 2017 book, A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia, written by R. Whyte and G. Anderson.

Menneus resembles Deinopis species but is slightly smaller and the pair of very large eyes that Deinopis has are only slightly enlarged on Menneus species. The markings and colour scheme this species has are unique to it.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: None


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 6 February 2018.