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Knobbly crab spider

Stephanopis sp.

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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)

Notes:

Lysterfield Lake Park
https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:...

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5 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a week ago

Thanks Neil.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a week ago

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

Tukup
Tukup 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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
Tukup 2 weeks 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.

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.96, Long: 145.30

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

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