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Knobbly crab spider

Stephanopis sp.


Small.. about 10mm body length and very well camouflaged on this background of scale insect shells. Would not have been noticed if it hadn't moved it's legs.


Open dry woodland.
On a 1 metre length of small eucalyptus stem covered with the remains of an erriococcid genocide (probably the work of euro wasps)


Lysterfield Lake Park

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 months ago

Thanks Neil.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 months ago

Excellent spotting, Mark. That is so-well-camouflaged. Super eyes :)

Tukup 5 months ago

Uff. Wish I could send you some. We get nearly 20 feet of rain a year. I trust the rain will come soon.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 months ago

Thanks Tukup. We are suffering a dreadful drought here so there's not much to find. I sort of felt sorry for this tiny guy. Amazing how these find the perfect location for their camo though... like they know what they look like. ;-)

Tukup 5 months ago

Great shot Mark. Either you have terrific eyes or he must have waved a flag at you. All but invisible on that background of shells. Great spotting. Thanks for sharing.

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.96, Long: 145.30

Spotted on Feb 6, 2019
Submitted on Mar 6, 2019

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