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This tiny animal dashed across the ground so fast I was sure it was a flying wasp. Only after reviewing the photos I realised it was a spider. About 3mm maximum. When it noticed me it put it's head into a crack in the pavement. I suppose it thought it was safe. I tried to get a shot when it came out but it moved like lightning.
Marginal suburban back yard.
Thanks to Atul for this ID. Extremely small but very distinctive black with white pattern on abdomen. After comparing several shots from the 'net' of E.splendens I decided there is considerable variation on the white patterns on the abdomen but well within the range for this one. The 'Atlas of Living Australia' has it in NSW and Tas so I am assuming it is also in Victoria. I know where it lives so more photos are a slight possibility. ??
Finally found it again and it was still doing it's very weird trick http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/430...
Thanks Atul for the suggestion. I went to species after reviewing lots of pics for variations.
NIce spider! It thinks that it is an ostrich maybe? Have you heard the ostrich joke? Two male ostriches see a female and start running after her. The female gets nervous and puts her head down a hole. The males run up to where she has her head in a hole and say "What happened? Where did she go?"
Spotted on Feb 4, 2013
Submitted on Feb 6, 2013