"A field Guide to the Spiders of Australia" for CSIRO Publishing by Robert Whyte & Greg Anderson, is scheduled for 1 June 2017. You can pre-order your copy HERE.
These spiders also have bizarre sex. Their courtship displays feature a complicated ritual of leg waving, toe-tapping, abdomen twerking, and perhaps most bizarre and beautiful of all, wing flapping. Yes, some have brilliantly-coloured side flaps they can extend like wings to mesmerize their mates.
Maratus ottoi Photo: Jürgen Otto
AGELENIDAE Agelenid Spiders
Agelenids are medium-sized spiders found worldwide, mostly in the northern hemisphere. In Australia only one species is known, the introduced Tegenaria domestica which is a large but uncommon house spider. It is known as the Barn Funnel-weaver in North America and the Domestic House Spider in Europe.
More Jumping spiders
Australia is a hot spot for jumping spiders. Here, they are particularly abundant and diverse, occupying every ecological niche and coming in an enormous range of colours, shapes and sizes.
Maratus vespa Photo: Jürgen Otto