Photo: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey
BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide
Australian Lacelid: Nyctimystes dayi
This is a typical Lacelid with the usual big, black eyes, vertical pupils and `lacework' eyelids.
They have a variably coloured upper surface, but it is usually brownish, often with lichen like spots (Freeman 1998).
It is usually whitish underneath, with very fine lappets on the edges of the back legs.
The Australian Lacelid is usually found on vegetation or rocks around fast flowing streams in tropical
rainforest of north-east Queensland.
Due to current fungal disease, it currently appears more common at lower altitudes.
The Australian Lacelid was only found in Australia in 1969 (Tyler 1994).
It is currently considered as the only one of it's genus found in Australia, but prior to 1987 it was considered to be one of two or three species; however this may change back again.
ourtesy of Naturalist Guide Damon Ramsey
Additional Australian Lacelid photo