Spider (Araneae) species

Moderators

The following moderators provide knowledge and expertise for Spiders (Araneae):

YumiCallaway  |  EmmaCollins  |  Bron  |  AndrewO  |  EathanDouglas  |  BravoSiera117

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Overview

Tips for submitting spider sightings: 

Photos from various angles are sometimes necessary for specific ID.

  • front (eye arrangement, pedipalp colour)
  • dorsal (above - general colouration, carapace and abdomen patterns)
  • ventral (underneath - especially useful for some of the ground-dwelling families and orb-weaving families)
  • side (further details for general shape, abdomen patterns and eye configuration)
  • back (further details for abdomen pattern).

Comments or photos on the following also provides valuable information if/when such features are applicable and observed...

  • surroundings and location (eg. ground, leaf litter, hand rail, tree trunk)
  • web structure and silk use (eg. orb, messy & tangled, throwing silk)
  • breeding (eg. display, egg sac)
  • behaviour (eg. hunting, interaction, familiarity with people such as the threatening display of a huntsman or the friendly and curious jumping spiders that jump onto the camera lens)
  • notable, unique, exciting or strange observations (eg. spur-like protrusions from legs, camouflage, mimicry)

Please note that the size of the spider is measured by body length.

  • body size is from the top of the cephalothorax (head) to the tip of the abdomen without including the legs.

(Updated: October, 2022. Please feel free to message a spider moderator if you have any queries or suggestions for improvement)

Resources

  • Field guide - A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia authored by Robert Whyte & Greg Anderson

CNM Moderator list with knowledge and interest areas:

AndrewO: (Andrew O'Meara), Bron: (Bronwyn King), EmmaCollins: (Emma Collins), YumiCallaway: jumping spiders (Salticidae), crab spiders (Thomisidae), swift spiders & ant mimics (Corinnidae), comb-footed spiders (Theridiidae), ant-eating spiders (Zodariidae)

326 species

Acroaspis olorina (A twig spider)

Acroaspis olorina
Acroaspis olorina
Acroaspis olorina

Adoxotoma sp. (genus) (A jumping spider)

Adoxotoma sp. (genus)
Adoxotoma sp. (genus)
Adoxotoma sp. (genus)

Allocosa palabunda (Palabunda wolf spider)

Allocosa palabunda
Allocosa palabunda

Ambicodamus crinitus (Red-black Spider)

Ambicodamus crinitus
Ambicodamus crinitus
Ambicodamus crinitus

Arachnura higginsi (Scorpion-tailed Spider)

Arachnura higginsi
Arachnura higginsi
Arachnura higginsi

Araneae (order) (Unidentified spider)

Araneae (order)
Araneae (order)
Araneae (order)

Araneus albotriangulus (White-triangle orb weaver)

Araneus albotriangulus
Araneus albotriangulus
Araneus albotriangulus

Araneus dimidiatus (Half Orb-weaver)

Araneus dimidiatus
Araneus dimidiatus
Araneus dimidiatus

Araneus eburnus (Bush orb weaver)

Araneus eburnus
Araneus eburnus
Araneus eburnus

Araneus ginninderranus (Dondale's Orb-weaver)

Araneus ginninderranus
Araneus ginninderranus
Araneus ginninderranus

Araneus hamiltoni (Hamilton's Orb Weaver)

Araneus hamiltoni
Araneus hamiltoni
Araneus hamiltoni

Araneus psittacinus (Parrot Coloured Orb-weaver)

Araneus psittacinus

Araneus talipedatus (Slender green orb-weaver)

Araneus talipedatus
Araneus talipedatus
Araneus talipedatus

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