Spider (Araneae) species

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Overview

Tips for submitting spider sightings: 

Photos from various angles are sometimes necessary for specific ID.

  • front (eye arrangement, pedipalp colour)
  • dorsal (above - general colouration, carapace and abdomen patterns)
  • ventral (underneath - especially useful for some of the ground-dwelling families and orb-weaving families)
  • side (further details for general shape, abdomen patterns and eye configuration)
  • back (further details for abdomen pattern).

Comments or photos on the following also provides valuable information if/when such features are applicable and observed...

  • surroundings and location (eg. ground, leaf litter, hand rail, tree trunk)
  • web structure and silk use (eg. orb, messy & tangled, throwing silk)
  • breeding (eg. display, egg sac)
  • behaviour (eg. hunting, interaction, familiarity with people such as the threatening display of a huntsman or the friendly and curious jumping spiders that jump onto the camera lens)
  • notable, unique, exciting or strange observations (eg. spur-like protrusions from legs, camouflage, mimicry)

Please note that the size of the spider is measured by body length.

  • body size is from the top of the cephalothorax (head) to the tip of the abdomen without including the legs.

(Updated: October, 2022. Please feel free to message a spider moderator if you have any queries or suggestions for improvement)

Resources

  • Field guide: A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia authored by Robert Whyte & Greg Anderson

13 species

Arachnura higginsi (Scorpion-tailed Spider)

Arachnura higginsi
Arachnura higginsi
Arachnura higginsi

Argiope sp. (genus) (A St. Andrew's cross spider)

Argiope sp. (genus)
Argiope sp. (genus)
Argiope sp. (genus)

Asianopis subrufa (Rufous net-casting spider)

Asianopis subrufa
Asianopis subrufa
Asianopis subrufa

Cryptachaea veruculata (Diamondback comb-footed spider)

Cryptachaea veruculata
Cryptachaea veruculata
Cryptachaea veruculata

Leucauge dromedaria (Silver dromedary spider)

Leucauge dromedaria
Leucauge dromedaria
Leucauge dromedaria

Maratus griseus (Jumping spider)

Maratus griseus
Maratus griseus
Maratus griseus

Opisthoncus polyphemus (Cyclops jumping spider)

Opisthoncus polyphemus
Opisthoncus polyphemus
Opisthoncus polyphemus

Opisthoncus sp. (genus) (Unidentified Opisthoncus jumping spider)

Opisthoncus sp. (genus)
Opisthoncus sp. (genus)
Opisthoncus sp. (genus)

Philoponella congregabilis (Social house spider)

Philoponella congregabilis
Philoponella congregabilis
Philoponella congregabilis

Phonognatha graeffei (Leaf Curling Spider)

Phonognatha graeffei
Phonognatha graeffei
Phonognatha graeffei

Salsa fuliginata (Sooty Orb-weaver)

Salsa fuliginata
Salsa fuliginata
Salsa fuliginata

Sidymella trapezia (Trapezoid Crab Spider)

Sidymella trapezia
Sidymella trapezia
Sidymella trapezia

Theridion pyramidale (Tangle-web spider)

Theridion pyramidale
Theridion pyramidale
Theridion pyramidale
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