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Nicodamus spp. Red-black Spiders

In 1995 Mark Harvey revised the Australian Nicodamids in a major work, finding two very similar known species of Nicodamus, the females morphologically identical. To the existing N. peregrinus first described by Walkenaer in 1841, Harvey added a new species N. mainae in honour of arachnologist Barbara York Main. Nicodamus is the largest of the Nicodamid genera, the males and females both up top 12mm body length. Most early workers followed Koch and then Simon in using the species name bicolor and for a long time all Australian Nicodamid genera and species were collected under this name. N. peregrinus is broadly distributed across southerm Australia mostly in South Australia, Victoria, and southern and central NSW. N. mainae is found in Western Australia with some records from the western parts of South Australia. (Harvey, 1995). ♀ 12mm ♂ 12mm

Female, Sydney


Nicodamus peregrinus
Photo: Ed Nieuwenhuys

Female, Sydney

Nicodamus peregrinus
Photo: Ed Nieuwenhuys

References


  • Harvey 1995 - The Systematics of the Spider Family Nicodamidae (Araneae : Amaurobioidea) Invertebr. Taxon., 1995,9,279-386
 

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