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Spiders (Araneae)

Overview

When submitting sightings of spiders, these are some tips you might like to consider: 

 - photos from various angles is very much appreciated and is sometimes necessary for specific ID. Eg. 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)

 - indicative photos and/or notes 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)

 - the size of the spider is measured as the body length. i.e. from the top of the cephalothorax to the bottom of the abdomen without including the legs.

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A good introduction:

http://www.ento.csiro.au/education/allies/araneae.html

All about Australian spiders:

http://www.arachne.org.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=2409

9 species

Apricia jovialis (Jovial jumping spider)

Apricia jovialis Above
Apricia jovialis Side
Apricia jovialis Front
Apricia jovialis
Apricia jovialis
Apricia jovialis

Austracantha minax (Christmas Spider, Jewel Spider)

Austracantha minax FEMALE
Austracantha minax EGG SACK
Austracantha minax MALE
Austracantha minax
Austracantha minax
Austracantha minax

Badumna insignis (Black House Spider)

Badumna insignis
Badumna insignis
Badumna insignis
Badumna insignis
Badumna insignis
Badumna insignis

Delena cancerides (Social huntsman spider)

Delena cancerides
Delena cancerides
Delena cancerides
Delena cancerides
Delena cancerides
Delena cancerides

Maratus harrisi (Harris's Peacock spider)

Maratus harrisi
Maratus harrisi
Maratus harrisi
Maratus harrisi
Maratus harrisi
Maratus harrisi

Maratus plumosus (Plumed Peacock Spider)

Maratus plumosus
Maratus plumosus
Maratus plumosus Female
Maratus plumosus
Maratus plumosus
Maratus plumosus

Maratus splendens (Splendid peacock spider)

Saratus hesperus ("Venus" Peacock Spider)

Saratus hesperus MALE
Saratus hesperus FEMALE
Saratus hesperus
Saratus hesperus
Saratus hesperus
Saratus hesperus

Tamopsis sp. (genus) (Two-tailed spider)

Tamopsis sp. (genus)
Tamopsis sp. (genus)
Tamopsis sp. (genus)
Tamopsis sp. (genus)
Tamopsis sp. (genus)
Tamopsis sp. (genus)
335 sightings of 203 species in 30 locations from 37 members
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