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Thwaitesia spp., Mirror Spiders, Sequined Spiders, Bling Spiders

Both T. argentiopunctata and T. nigronodosa species names have been used for many spiders In a cluster of closely related species in the genus Thwaitesia. They are attractive spiders in Northern NSW and Queensland coastal rainforest and rainforest margins, often along creeklines. They make small tangled webs and hide during the day under leaves. Their mirrored surfaces seem to scatter light, probably helpful in making them hard to see. They are harmless to humans. Specimens whose abdomens broaden towards the rear, having dramatic patterns, are found in North Queensland rainforests . ♀ 5mm ♂ 4mm

Female, North Queensland


Thwaitesia North Queensland
Photo: Dr Greg Anderson

Female, X108 North Queensland


Thwaitesia sp.
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female, X108 North Queensland


Thwaitesia sp.
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female, X344 North Queensland


Thwaitesia sp. X344
Photo: Iain R. Macaulay

Female, X344 North Queensland


Thwaitesia sp. X344
Photo: Iain R. Macaulay

 

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