Friday, April 27, 2007

Arachnura higginsi



Hi Stephen,

Your spider is a Scorpion Tailed Spider, Arachnura higginsi. Here are
some links;


Graham Milledge.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Britton
Sent: Monday, 23 April 2007 8:23 AM
To: Stephen Clark
Cc: Graham Milledge
Subject: FW: An unusual spider

Thanks Stephen,

I must remember to send Andy some pictures of some genes so he can
identify them for me! I've passed on the spider pics to Graham Milledge



Dr. David Britton
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Australian Museum
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: steve clark []
> Sent: Sunday, 22 April 2007 10:57 AM
> To: Dave Britton
> Subject: An unusual spider
> David,
> Thanks for identifying the moth. It was Andrew Holmes, the geneticist
> formally at Macquarie University and currently my neighbour who dobbed
> in as being potentially helpful in identifying it.
> The next critter that has us both fascinated is a small spider with an
> unusual camouflage. It has an elongated abdomen with spinnerets at the
> of a 'tail' and hides in plain site in the middle of its web at the
end of
> a
> long fat mass of silk that it has constructed and into which it blends
> itself both in colour and shape. Overall it looks like a stick or a
bit of
> leaf. It is a daytime spider. It is about 2 cm long.
> I would have to say that this strategy is very successful as it has
> outlived
> several Eriophora, Nephila, leaf curling and St Andrews Cross spiders
> have been taken by wasps and birds from the same garden and has
> its web in the same place for a few months.
> I have some photos here.
> I would be glad to here your thoughts or those of a colleague on what
> may
> be.
> Regards,
> Steve
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