• Wolf Spider

    Scientific Name: Lycosa sp. There are many different species of wolf spider, which are so named because they actively hunt and run down their prey. Most species are dark brown or grey in colour with black, grey, orange or brown markings. Wolf spiders have three rows of eyes – the

  • White-tailed Spider

    Scientific Name: Lampona cylindrata The white-tailed spider has a long cigar-shaped, dark grey abdomen with a creamy-white speck on the tip. The legs usually have a brownish hue. A large female may reach up to 20mm in body length, males around 12mm. Habitat: White-tailed spiders are found in cool dark

  • Sydney Funnel-web Spider

    Scientific Name: Atrax robustus A large, bulky spider, with females reaching over 35mm in body length and males around 25mm. The male also has more slender legs and a spur which is located on the third segment of the second leg. This tiny appendage is a lifesaver for the male

  • Sydney Brown Trapdoor Spider

    Scientific Name: Misgolas rapax Often confused with the funnel-web spiders, the brown trapdoor can be distinguished by its chocolate brown coloration, less robust body and the presence of distinct boxing glove-shaped palps in the males (these are the appendages at the front of the head between the first pair of

  • Red-back Spider

    Scientific Name: Latrodectus hasselti The red-back spider is closely related to the black widow spider of the United States and the katipo of New Zealand. The female red-back is black with a distinctive red or orange marking on its back, although this may sometimes be absent. These markings may be

  • Mouse Spider

    Scientific Name: Missulena bradleyi The common name of the mouse spider is derived from the mistaken belief that this spider excavates a deep mouse-like burrow. Females are black overall and are larger than the males. The males are black with a bluish-white patch on the front of their abdomen. Habitat:

  • Huntsman Spider

    Scientific Name: Delena, Holconia, Neosparassus, Olios Huntsman spiders are familiar to many Australians as the large, flat-bodied and extremely fast intruders, which, to some people’s horror, occasionally take up residence in kitchens and living rooms. There are around a hundred different species of huntsman spider in Australia. The two back

  • Bird-eating Spider

    Scientific Name: Selenocosmia crassipes This is one of several species of large, aggressive spiders, which are found in the warmer and more arid regions of Australia. The largest species may attain a body length of 60mm and a leg span of 160mm, with powerful fangs 10mm long. The colour varies