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Thwaitesia nigronodosa (Rainbow, 1912) Black-spotted Thwaitesia (and Thwaitesia argentiopunctata)

In most instances mentions of the species T. argentiopunctata and T. nigronodosa are probably best considered to refer to a number of Thwaitesia species in a "cluster". Both species names have been used for many spiders In this cluster. They are all very attractive spiders in Queensland rainforest and rainforest margins, often along creeklines. They make small tangled webs and hide during the day under leaves. Their "stained-glass" or mirrored surfaces are probably helpful in making them hard to see, scattering light. Sometimes called Mirror Spider, Sequin Spider, Bling Spider or Jewel Spider, the species name nigronodosa means black blobs or "nodes". These spiders may be indicators of good quality habitat as surveying shows greater abundance in biodiverse, structurally complex natural bush than in nearby disturbed areas. Harmless to humans, their fangs being too small to penetrate skin. ♀ 5mm ♂ 4mm

Female, Brisbane, 2014


Thwaitesia nigronodosa or Thwaitesia argentiopunctata
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female, Mount Mee, 2014


Thwaitesia nigronodosa or Thwaitesia argentiopunctata
Photo: Robert Whyte

Juvenile, Springbrook, 2013


Thwaitesia nigronodosa or Thwaitesia argentiopunctata
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female, Brisbane, 2009

Thwaitesia argentiopunctata
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female sub adult, Brisbane 2009


Thwaitesia argentiopunctata
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female adult, Brisbane, 2009


Thwaitesia nigronodosa
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female adult, Brisbane, 2009


Thwaitesia nigronodosa
Photo: Robert Whyte

Male subadult, Brisbane, 2009


thwaitesia nigronodosa
Photo: Robert Whyte

 

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