This site is a working draft for "A field Guide to the Spiders of Australia" by Robert Whyte and Greg Anderson for CSIRO Publishing due to be published in 2016. As images and sightings get added, we'll tell you here. Please let us know if you spot any errors.
Ant or spider?
Ant Mimics are fascinating examples of nature's extraordinary powers of adaptation. Use the keyword search (top right) to discover more.
The elusive Lynx
Like a mountain cat the Lynx spider pounces on its prey with a prodigious leap, grappling the victim in a death embrace. This is one of the barely known species.
Checklist of Australian Spiders, 2014
compiled by Volker Framenau, Australasian Arachnological Society, 3,630 species, 648 genera, 80 families.
Coremiocnemis tropix Brush Tarantula
Thanks to Roger Farrow who took this photo in the Daintree rainforest we now have an image of Australia's only Coremiocnemis.
A Eureka moment for a genus newly recorded in Australia in 2013.
First example of this fascinating jumping spider genus in subfamily Pseudiciinae. We have more examples coming soon.
Jurgen Otto has been discovering and naming more stunning Peacock Spiders.
This is an ambush hunter, active on foliage at night, an orb weaver that has abandoned its web for wait-and-pounce style hunting.
A small, yet to be described, Opisthoncus species.
The tiny male has an attractively-striped, bright-orange head.
Bradley's Mouse Spider is is the most common and widespread Mouse Spider, but not the most colourful. The females are large and very strong.