ZODARIIDAE Ant spiders

The Ant Spiders or Zodariidae have a Gondwanan distribution and are found in all tropical and subtropical regions of South America, Africa, Madagascar, Australia-New Guinea, New Zealand, Arabia and the Indian subcontinent, Zodariidae are abundant ground-living spiders in Australia, often recognised by their attractive, bright yellow or orange spots against a dark brown abdomen. Most species are daytime hunters and live together with ants, mimicking their behaviour and sometimes even their chemical traits. Australia has one of the richest known zodariid faunas, with 224 described species and at least another 180 undescribed species in Australia's collections. Over 99% of the species are endemic to Australia.

Cavasteron crassicalcar

Cavasteron crassicalcar Baehr & Jocque, 2000 Digging Ant Spider
A small to medium-sized night-active spider, yellow brown to sepia with a pale pattern on the abdomen, two spots followed by three chevrons and one... 

Habronestes hunti

Habronestes hunti Baehr, 2003 An Ant Spider
Sometimes called the 9 spotted Ant spider this attractive spider, body length about 9mm males, females a little larger, can be seen on dry eucalypt... 

Holasteron spinulosum

Holasteron spinosum Baehr, 2004 Spiny Holasteron
The genus Holasteron was described by Barbara Baehr in 2004 for a number of Zodariid species across Australia. The name comes from Greek... 


Neostorena spp. Morgan SA
Two nearly identical Neostorena spp., perhaps the same species, but closer inspection showed palps were not identical. Sympatric (same location) and... 

Nostera lynx

Nostera lynx Jocque, 1991 Lynx-ear-pattern Nostera
Spiders of this genus, found in southern Queensland and New South Wales rainforest, have three rows of trichobothria, air-sensitive hairs, on the... 

Pentasteron simplex

Pentasteron simplex Baehr & Jocqué 2001 Uncomplicated Ant Spider
A small ant spider, common and widespread in Queensland and New South Wales. Females to 4mm. Penta means five in Greek and refers to the five basal... 

Pentasteron storosoides

Pentasteron storosoides Baehr & Jocque, 2001 Storosa-like Pentasteron
Penta means five and was meant to refer to the five genera of the Asteron complex, revised by Barbara Baehr and Rudy Jocqué 1996-2001, however this... 

Zodariidae Storena cyanea

Storena cyanea Walckenaer, 1805 Common Ant-eating Storena
Storena cyanea Walckenaer, 1805 has an interesting back story. Walckenaer described a large spiderwith a bright red carapace blackened in... 

Ant Spider

Storosa obscura Jocqué, 1991 Dark Storosa
Storosa obscura is a medium sized spider, the female up to 13 mm in body length, the male a little smaller. It lives in in moist leaf litter and... 

Zillimata scintillans

Zillimata scintillans (O.P.-Cambridge, 1869)
The Rev. O.P. Cambridge in 1869 in his Descriptions and sketches of some new species of Araneidea, with characters of a new genus described... 


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