EUTICHURIDAE - PROWLING SPIDER

FACT FILE - 281

Family

Eutichuridae (Was Miturgidae)

Species

Cheiracanthium mordax
L. Koch, 1866

Body Length

Female: 6mm
Male: 6mm

Habitat

Found in a retreat made of silk and leaves at end of tree branch

Toxicity

This spider has a reputation of being able to deliver a bite which results in severe pain, redness and swelling, as well as systemic effects such as nausea. (Australian Venom Research Unit, http://www.avru.org/general/general_sac.html)

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2811

Female.

2812

Female.

2813

Retreat made of leaves suspended between twigs.

2814

Female. Ventral view.

2815

Male.

2816

Male. facing view.

2817

Male palp.