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Poecilothomisus sp. A new species of "Beautiful Crab Spider"

This great find by Steve Woodman in Wingham NSW (a tad north west of Taree) is a new species of a crab spider famously thought to have only a single species, Poecilothomisus speciosus in far north Queensland. Poecilothomisus speciosus was featured on the cover of Mascord's 1970 spider guide (but oddly not inside) then written up in his 1980 field guide, where he said: "Common in parts of Queensland [something of an exaggeration] along creek banks." This new species shows there is more than one to join the lonely speciosus in its genus. The identification has yet to be confirmed by close examination of adult specimens, so is informal.

Female from above, Wingham NSW


Poecilothomisus speciosus
Photo: Steve Woodman

Female from above, Wingham NSW


Poecilothomisus
Photo: Steve Woodman

Another female from above, Wingham NSW


Poecilothomisus sp.
Photo: Steve Woodman

Yet another female in Wingham


Thomisidae Poecilothomisus speciosus
Photo: Steve Woodman

Female from Lismore, Rotary Park Rainforest Reserve


Poecilothomisus sp.
Photo: Nick Fisher

Male from Lismore, Rotary Park Rainforest Reserve


Poecilothomisus sp.
Photo: Nick Fisher

Female at Booyong Flora Reserve, 20km upstream from Lismore


Poecilothomisus sp.
Photo: Nick Fisher

 

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