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Capeyorkia Richardson 2016


Capeyorkia has one Australian species, Capeyorkia vulpecula, known only from a single male specimen from Cape York. Further information on the genus and described species can be found in Richardson and Żabka (2017).


Capeyorkia is a large spider (body length 10 mm) with a long, relatively narrow abdomen. The head, viewed from above, is rather roundish, widest immediately behind the posterior lateral eyes. There are distinct bulges on the upper surface of the cephalothorax between the posterior lateral eyes and the midline. The chelicerae have a single retromarginal tooth (unident) with two teeth on the promargin. The first legs are much longer than the other legs but not massive in build. The first and second pairs of legs have fringing on the femurs, patellas and tibias.  

The male has a long, thin embolus arising on the lateral edge of the tegulum and forming a clockwise half circle around it. The tegulum is round without a proximal lobe. The tibia has a single, short, blunt retro-lateral tibial apophysis, twisted in the last third.

The morphology of the female is unknown.


Nothing is known of the biology of this genus.


The only known specimen comes from Somerset, Cape York in Queensland.


Richardson, B.J. 2016. New genera, new species and redescriptions of Australian jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae). Zootaxa 4114, 501-560.

Richardson, B.J. & Żabka, M. 2017. Salticidae. Arachnida: Araneomorphae. Canberra, Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, at

Whyte, R. and Anderson, G. (2017). A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia. CSIRO Publishing: Clayton.

* The information sheet should be interpreted in the context of the associated diagrams and photographs. Diagrams explaining anatomical terms can be found in the ‘Salticidae’ pictures at the beginning of the list of genera.