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Eriophora sp cf Novakiella

A medium to large sized Araneid, males to 9mm, females possibly larger. The spine on the tibia of leg two and general appearance is similar to Novakiella species. The lack of the dotted colouration of the legs and the presence of complicated sclerites on the underside of the male palps indicate it is not Novakiella. When handled, the male spider will often play dead, and on the move walks with an graceful, but exaggerated gait.

Male from above, brown abdomen


Novakiella trituberculosa
Body length about 8m as shown in the picture. Photo: Robert Whyte

Male from above, brown abdomen


Novakiella trituberculosa
Photo: Robert Whyte

Closeup of megaspine


Novakiella trituberculosa
Photo: Robert Whyte

Closeup of male palps


Novakiella trituberculosa
Photo: Robert Whyte

Underneath male palps, wide shot


Novakiella trituberculosa
Photo: Robert Whyte

Underneath male palps, closeup


Novakiella trituberculosa
Photo: Robert Whyte

Wide shot, big brown male, showing megaspine, facing


Novakiella trituberculosa
Photo: Robert Whyte

Male 231210 in alcohol


Eriophora cf Novakiella
Photo: Robert Whyte

Male spur 231210 in alcohol


Eriophora cf Novakiella
Photo: Robert Whyte

 

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