A small to medium-sized jumping spider, females to 7mm, males darker and smaller, to 6mm. Usually found wandering on foliage where they are well camouflaged. Known from Queensland in dry eucalypt scrub to rainforest margins. The body is a cryptic pattern of buff-cream to white with patches of browns and oranges. The females sometimes have pale, translucent, even greenish yellow legs and are generally more brightly coloured than the male. Originally named Plexippus severus by Thorell in 1881, moved to Cytaea alburna by Keyserling the following year and then changed to Cytaea severa by Marek Zabka in 1991.