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Small bird dropping spider

Arkys curtulus


A small chocolate and icing coloured spider which relies on camouflage as it's main strategy. This specimen is the most common form and was about 8mm across while tucked in the 'hiding' position.


Resting on a leaf in a nature reserve.


These are quite variable with differing amounts of chocolate and white colouring through to a completely black form.
The hunting strategy is probably to be unseen and just wait until a meal comes along.
I didn't have my spotting glasses on at the time which I should have for such a small creature but it's symmetry gave it away. Birds don't do symmetry.
Formerly Archemorus curtulus

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DrNamgyalTSherpa 2 years ago

Awesome spotting, Mark!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 2 years ago


SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

Blown away! What a fantastic little thing. Great spotting!

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Narrabeen, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Apr 22, 2021
Submitted on Apr 24, 2021

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