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Tree-stump Spider - Poltys illepidus


This page contains pictures and information about Tree-stump Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 15mm 
This is a large web weaving spider with round button shape abdomen which overhangs and covers the head and thorax. The surface of the abdomen has the very rough bark-looking texture, brown in colour. Adult males are small and do not make webs. 
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This spiders build very large vertical orb web at night. Their web has the spirals spined very close together that it looks like a sheet of silk. They pack-up and consume the web after used, hide on the tree during the day. Obviously, their major target preys are those night flying moths.  
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We found this spider in a park in Wishart.

1. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson 1969, p62. 
2. Poltys illepidus - The Find-a-spider Guide for Australian Spiders, University of Southern Queensland, 2007. 

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