The characteristic "Union Jack" pattern of radial black and white stripes on the carapace identifies this as a Tasmanicosa species. Tasmanicosa godeffroyi is the only Tasmanicosa species that has been reported in the region by Framenau and Baehr in their 2016 revision of the Tasmanicosa genus. However from the dorsal side it is morphologically indistinguishable from Tasmanicosa leukartii. I am confident that this individual, a female, is T. godeffroyi because its total body length is 23mm. Females of T. leukartii have a max. body length of only 17mm. Note: T. leukartii can also be distinguished from T. godeffroyi by the pale central patch in the otherwise dark abdomen - viewed from the ventral side. I did not however turn this one over to check that!
MapsANBG Bimberi Nature Reserve Bullen Range Callum Brae Crace Grasslands Farrer Ridge Ginninderry Conservation Corridor Goorooyarroo Jerrabomberra Grassland Mcquoids Hill Mount Ainslie Mount Majura Mount Painter Mount Taylor Mulligans Flat Namadgi National Park Point Hut to Tharwa Red Hill Nature Reserve Rugosa at Yass River Sherwood Forest Stony Creek The Pinnacle Tuggeranong Hill Woodstock Nature Reserve
PlacesAinslie, ACT Bruce, ACT Canberra Central, ACT Coree, ACT Cotter River, ACT Downer, ACT Dunlop, ACT Evatt, ACT Farrer, ACT Forde, ACT Gowrie, ACT Gundaroo, NSW Gungahlin, ACT Higgins, ACT Holt, ACT Hughes, ACT Hume, ACT Jerrabomberra, ACT Kambah, ACT Lyneham, ACT Macarthur, ACT Mount Clear, ACT Spence, ACT Symonston, ACT Tennent, ACT Tharwa, ACT Theodore, ACT Yass River, NSW
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