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Ground Spider

Hemicloea sp.


An absolutely flat spider about 13 mm long. The abdomen was pale with a dark median stripe and the cephalothorax was a deep reddish-brown and leathery.
The dark chelicerae were large and pointing downwards. Palps were long, ending in clubs.
Legs had a few stiff bristles but were mostly smooth.


Spotted in a suburban house


Because it was so flat, I assumed that this spider had been squashed at first but it moved fast when prodded.
This genus was initially included in Gnaphosidae family but as it shared very many features with those in Trochanteriidae, it was moved to the latter family in 2018.
These spiders hunt at night scuttling across the ground and during day they hide intheir silken webs.
Family: Trochanteriidae.

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Leuba Ridgway
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Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 28, 2021
Submitted on Oct 28, 2021

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