Celaenia atkinsoni

1 Atkinson's bird-dropping spider at Deakin, ACT

Celaenia atkinsoni at Deakin, ACT - 3 Oct 2022
Celaenia atkinsoni at Deakin, ACT - 3 Oct 2022
Celaenia atkinsoni at Deakin, ACT - 3 Oct 2022
Celaenia atkinsoni at Deakin, ACT - 3 Oct 2022
Celaenia atkinsoni at Deakin, ACT - 3 Oct 2022
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Identification history

Celaenia atkinsoni 11 Oct 2022 EmmaCollins
Arkys sp. (genus) 5 Oct 2022 MichaelMulvaney
Unidentified 3 Oct 2022 LisaH

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User's notes

I could not work out what this square insect was at first - but then figured it was a female spider carrying little spiderlings?

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EmmaCollins wrote:
   11 Oct 2022
This one is a Celaenia sp. Bird-dropping spider!
It's either Celaenia excavata or C. atkinsoni. Both in range. I'd be more likely to go with atkinsoni

Also, this is just their shape (mimicking bird-dropping!) wolf spiders are the only spiders in Australia to carry their spiderlings on their backs :)

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  • 3 Oct 2022 05:37 PM Recorded on
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