This site is a working draft for "A field Guide to the Spiders of Australia" by Robert Whyte and Dr Greg Anderson for CSIRO Publishing due to be published in 2014-15. As images and sightings get added, we'll tell you here. Please let us know if you spot any errors.
Opisthoncus sp., a common Australian jumping spider
Checklist of Australian Spiders, 2013
by Volker W. Framenau, Australasian Arachnological Society, 3,455 species in 629 genera and 80 families
This unusual species lIves in a hollow inside a twig.
Zygometis lactea (L. Koch, 1876) White Flower Spider
A widespread small to medium-sized crab or flower spider in coastal woodland to semi-arid areas.
Astia hariola updated
New pictures for this brightly patterened jumper.
The two very similar known species of Oncodamus occur in the closed forests of eastern Australia.
Araneid sp. Mt Glorious 'astroboy'
A small Araneid male, so far not matched up with a female, from Mount Glorious subtropical rainforest.
This green lynx spider hunts on green vegetation where it is camouflaged, allowing it to pounce on prey like other lynx spiders.
Miturga lineata added, more on the way.
Lynx spiders revised and expanded
With the help of some key references, we have sorted out many of the described Australian species.
Leucauge decorata vs L. granulata and others
With the help of North Queensland naturalists Malcolm Tattersall and Jim Hackett we have compiled some information on a species not yet officially recorded for Australia.
A slender orb weaver widespread throughout Australia.
A slender spider with forward pointing chelicerae, or jaws.
Calamoneta sp. Slender Forest Spider
We follow Deeleman-Reinhold in placing this genus and Cheiracanthium in the Clubionidae.
Cosmophasis lami Berry, Beatty & Prószyński, 1997 Lami Beach Cosmophasis
A small, golden, slender jumping spider ♀ 5.5 mm ♂ 4.5mm
A large spider whose range is concentrated in inland NSW and Victoria.
The North Queensland Ohilimia is a mostly black, attentuated ant-like spider with brilliant red front legs.
A grey, medium-sized to large huntsman in Victoria.