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

9 species

Argiope keyserlingi (St Andrew's Cross Spider)

Argiope keyserlingi
Argiope keyserlingi
Argiope keyserlingi

Gasteracantha sp. (genus) (Spiny Orb Weaver)

Gasteracantha sp. (genus)
Gasteracantha sp. (genus)

Heteropoda sp. (genus) (Huntsman spider)

Heteropoda sp. (genus)
Heteropoda sp. (genus)
Heteropoda sp. (genus)

Holconia immanis (Grey Huntsman)

Holconia immanis
Holconia immanis
Holconia immanis

Isopeda sp. (genus) (Huntsman Spider)

Isopeda sp. (genus)
Isopeda sp. (genus)
Isopeda sp. (genus)

Neosparassus sp. (genus) (Unidentified Badge huntsman)

Neosparassus sp. (genus)
Neosparassus sp. (genus)
Neosparassus sp. (genus)

Nephila plumipes (Humped golden orb-weaver)

Nephila plumipes
Nephila plumipes
Nephila plumipes

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

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