Sighting

Matthew Connors 1 Aug 2017

'WTT' - Unknown bumpy orb weaver

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Sighted 17 Mar 2017
150 Angus Smith Drive, Douglas QLD 4814, Australia

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Identifications

  • Matthew Connors 27 January 2018
    Poltys illepidus
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Arachnida: Araneae: Araneidae: Poltys: illepidus
    Common Names: Spiders, orb-weaving, orb-weaver spiders
    Matthew Connors says

    ID based on similar sighting from Adam Parsons

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  • Matthew Connors 7 June 2019
    Araneidae
    (family)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Arachnida: Araneae: Araneidae
    Matthew Connors says

    Identified with help from Caitlin Henderson - this is an undescribed species in an undescribed genus

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  • Matthew Connors 10 August 2017
    Araneidae
    (family)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Arachnida: Araneae: Araneidae
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Notes

  • Ken Walker 2 August 2017
    Tagged With unsure
    Ken Walker says

    Matthew - I asked a spider expert to comment on your images and here is the reply: "Some Scoloderus have a abdomen like this, but they are much smaller (although there is now scale to it. And Cyclosa females have this deep grove behind their head region... But I am not sure at all... let's call it WTT ("Weird tropical thing")."

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  • Matthew Connors 2 August 2017
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    Matthew Connors says

    Thanks for the info Ken (and expert!) - if I see her again I'll try to get better photos. She was definitely not small - about the size of a female Eriophora transmarina

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  • Matthew Connors 1 August 2017
    Tagged With orbweaver
    Matthew Connors says

    This spider was very fast and aware and did not like being photographed, so I only got these poor-quality photographs unfortunately, with the flash on too brightly. When I tried to get a better photo she ran up the side of her huge vertical web to hide well above my head. From the images, the colour isn't really visible (due to the flash) but the shape is relatively clear, so hopefully it may be identifiable by someone who knows it - I haven't been able to find anything similar anywhere

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