Colleen Hunt, via email

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Can you please iden­tify this lit­tle fel­low for me, from my gar­den in the Ade­laide Hills?

Mar­tyn Robin­son says

This is an­other flower spi­der, a Ce­tra­tus rubrop­unc­ta­tus, and it usu­ally has red flecks on the tip of the ab­domen. This species prefers to hunt on the green leaves and stems, but feeds in a sim­i­lar way to other flower spi­ders, by a quick em­brace with those long front legs, fol­lowed by a fast-act­ing paralysing bite. It’s a lovely-look­ing spi­der that’s harm­less to hu­mans.

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