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 2015. 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.
Click here for a Checklist of Australian Spiders, 2013
by Volker W. Framenau, Australasian Arachnological Society, 3,630 species in 648 genera and 80 families.
Thwaitesia featured in New York's "Science Friday"
The beautiful disco-ball Thwaitesia spp. are being featured in Science Friday, the New York based radio and web show.
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.
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.