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wall crab spider

Karaops australiensis sp.

Description:

A small-medium spider, eight-eyed, pail brown in color with dark bands, smoothly furry body, abdomen dorso-ventrally flattened and elongated. Karaops has a row of six eyes in a forward-facing curve, plus two more posterior eyes.

Habitat:

Spotted inside house, the area is known for the vineyards, Is the most diverse genus in Australia and can be commonly found on walls, under bark or rocks. under bark in vine scrubs and other habitats in the Bowen regional, also recorded in southern Cape York Peninsula. For a long time this was the only official Australian selenopid.

Notes:

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Subphylum: Chelicerata Class: Arachnida Order: Araneae Infraorder: Araneomorphae Family: Selenopidae Genus: Karaops

1 Species ID Suggestions

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a week ago
Carpet Wolf Spider
Tapetosa darwinii Flickr


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9 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a week ago

That's very interesting. This also has a good image gallery. I read on one of them that these spiders are known as "flatties". Live and learn. I'm sure the spider people know their spiders, so that's definitely the way to go. https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:...

krgrant627
krgrant627 a week ago

It's just like my spotting.

JordiPrats
JordiPrats a week ago

Check this (Arachne.org.au), I compared both (Selenopidae and Lycosidae) and I feel quite confident now:
http://www.arachne.org.au/01_cms/details...

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a week ago

I guess it's possible if it occurs around Perth. Were they able to provide any more info? Perhaps it's something like this - https://www.flickr.com/photos/myrmician/...

JordiPrats
JordiPrats a week ago

Will try to find out, but after post the pic in the Asian Society of Arachnology I have been advised that this is Selenopidae, not Lycosidae.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a week ago

Well done, Jordi. Good article on a relatively new species. I read what I could, but seriously, some of the language they use is beyond me.

JordiPrats
JordiPrats a week ago

I found this document about Tapetosa darwinii on Researchgate:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication...

JordiPrats
JordiPrats a week ago

Thanks so much Neil for the ID

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a week ago

Awesome spotting, Jordi. I've made an ID suggestion for you, but there doesn't seem to be much online regarding this species other than sites like Flickr, etc. Anyway, a step in the right direction. That aside, this spotting is definitely a wolf spider.

JordiPrats
Spotted by
JordiPrats

Western Australia, Australia

Lat: -31.72, Long: 116.11

Spotted on Apr 1, 2019
Submitted on Jun 8, 2019

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