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.
If you see slender legs with alternating long and short spines like this, you have a Pirate Spider from the family Mimetidae. They hunt other spiders and kill them in their webs.
Tiny (body length 1.5mm) male for a relatively enormous female, common but rarely photographed.
This unusual species lIves in a hollow inside a twig.
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.