Spiders

Badge Huntsman

Legs sometimes banded.

Black House or Widow Spider

The black house spider, Badumna insignis, is a common species of cribellate Australian spider, found throughout much of Australia and New Zealand. A closely related species, the grey house spider (Badumna longinquus), has a similar distribution. It is also known as the common bl...

Branded Orb Spider

Brown Trapdoor Spider

The Sydney brown trapdoor spider, Misgolas rapax, is a trapdoor spider found primarily around Sydney, Australia. It is usually shy and retiring and is often confused with the Sydney funnel-web spider.

Sydney brown trapdoors are medium-to-large in size; ...

Eastern Mouse Spider

The eastern mouse spider, Missulena bradleyi, is endemic to the east coast of Australia.  Eastern mouse spiders are often mistaken for Australian funnel-web spiders. Their fangs often cross over while those of funnel-webs remain parallel, and the latter often have a drop of ven...

Funnel-web Spider

The Sydney funnel-web spider, Atrax robustus, is a species of Australian funnel-web spider usually found within a 100km radius of Sydney, New South Wales. It is a venomous mygalomorph spider with a bite capable of causing serious injury or death in humans if left untreated.

Syd...

Orb Weaving Spider

Transverse abdominal banding identifies the Banded Orb Weavers.

Huntsman Spider

Sparassidae (formerly Heteropodidae) are a family of spiders known as huntsman spiders because of their speed and mode of hunting. They also are called giant crab spiders because of their size and appearance. Larger species sometimes are referred to as wood spiders, because of t...

Red Headed Mouse Spider

The red-headed mouse spider, Missulena occatoria, is found almost everywhere across South Australia. It has a glossy carapace, a high and bulbous head area, widespread eyes across the front of the head, and short and blunt spinnerets. Males have characteristically coloured areas on their...

Redback Spider

The redback spider, Latrodectus hasseltii, is a venomous spider endemic to Australia. It is a member of the worldwide genus Latrodectus, the widow spiders. The female is easily recognisable by her black body with a prominent red stripe on the upper side of her a...

Slender Sack Spider

Slender Sac Spiders are common hunters on foliage in bush and garden. Males especially, have slender bodies, large jaws and long, thin legs.

Tropical Huntsman

Legs sometimes banded.

White-tailed Spider

White-tailed spiders are medium-sized spiders native to southern and eastern Australia, and so named because of the whitish tips at the end of their abdomens. Common species are Lampona cylindrata and Lampona murina. Both these species have been introduced to New Zealand.

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Wolf Spiders

Wolf spiders, Lycosidea genera, are robust and agile spiders with body sizes ranging from less than 1mm to 35mm. They have eight eyes, with the four largest arranged in a square on top of head. They depend on their excellent eyesight to hunt. They also possess an acute sense of touch. Ja...

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