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Sidymella sp. Fork-tailed and Awl-tailed Sidymella

This Sidymella, widespread and common in NSW and South East Queensland and perhaps elsewhere in similar temperate to sub tropical habitat with good rainfall, has a long, raised, sometimes festooned, sometimes double-pointed end to its abdomen. The cephalothorax is relatively flat. Legs I and II are exceptionally long and held outstretched. This species was included in Mascord's Spiders in colour, 1970, plate 25.97 on page 58. ♀ 8-12mm ♂ 3-8mm

Female face on, dark cephalothorax


Sidymella sp body length about 3.5mm

Thomisid sp?
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female from above


Sidymella sp body length about 3mm, collected 11 June 2008 northern bank of junction of Fish and Enoggera Creeks. This spider was gathering its silk, then rolling it into a ball and eating it.

Sidymella sp
Photo: Robert Whyte

Male adult facing


Sidymella sp
Photo: Robert Whyte

Male sub adult closeup of tail


Sidymella sp
Photo: Robert Whyte

Persian slippers, facing


These exaggerated, curled peaks are reminiscent of Persian slippers.

Sidymella sp
Photo: Robert Whyte

Persian slippers, from behind


Sidymella sp
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female adult in alcohol from side, facing 24-02-11 Glenbuck


Sidymella sp.
Photo: Robert Whyte

Epigyne


Sidymella sp.
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female, awl-shaped knobbly adbdomen


Collected from treetops behind Bardon State School, Brisbane 2011.

Sidymella sp.
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female Swallowtail 28-08-09 WBR facing


This Sidymella with black spots on either site of the abdomen and a flattened, swallowtail-shaped abdomen, body length 8mm, was collected late August on the northern side of the junction of Fish and Enoggera Creeks, Walton Bridge Reserve, The Gap.

Sidymella sp
Photo: Robert Whyte

Bifurcated tail and prominent side spots 09-Sep-WBR

Sidymella sp
Photo: Robert Whyte

This specimen collected on the northern side of the junction of Fish and Enoggera Creeks, Walton Bridge Reserve, The Gap, early September 2009. This specimen has a pronounced bifurcated swallowtail and prominent sides spots.

Female adult paddle-tail


This Sidymella does not have an obviously bifurcated tail, see the following closeup.

Sidymella sp
Photo: Robert Whyte

Paddle-tail closeup


Sidymella sp
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female adult from above GH-10-24-09


Sidymella sp
Photo: Robert Whyte

 

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