These female Sandalodes superbus look very different to the males.
Hunting for prey on the welcome sign within a local nature reserve.
Possibly Australia's largest jumping spider they also show little fear of big creatures.
Used to be called 'Breda jovialis' Estimated 10% of the prey size. Perfect attack site. Bite 'n hang on ! Found under pavilion eaves. Yet to search for prey ID
Reminds me of the weasel on the woodpecker.
Will somebody pull this wetsuit off please?
About 12mm body length this spider is trying to shed an old skin with only the legs yet to be extricated. Pic 2 is correct orientation so gravity may be an important factor. Also interesting is the two retaining lines; one from the original abdomen and one from the new. Did the abdomen come out first and place another line before proceeding?
On eucalyptus branches in a local nature reserve. Gilmour Park.
(need to add ' Deliochus pulcher ')
A tiny mottled brown and grey spider, suspended in a delicate web beneath a lily leaf, immediately becomes a pyramidal lump when disturbed. Camouflage or mimicry of some sort? Approximately 10mm.
Suburban back yard.
Previously named Uloborus congregabilis. Common on Australias east coast. Quite variable in pattern and colour. As the name suggests these spiders appear communally forming many orb type webs attached to each other.
Scrawny spider with beady little eyes and a silly looking fringe. Approximately 30mm total length.
Found inside suburban laundry room.
This one is apparently an ambush spider and prefers to live on eucalyptus trees. Must have got lost.
Do not confuse this species with 'Tibellus tenellus (Family Philodromidae). Most photos of Tibellus tenellus for Australia are probably wrongly IDed.
2-3mm long this spider displayed some strange behaviours. When running it was so fast I was sure it must be jumping or flying. When it stopped it always buried it's head into a tiny depression, raised it's abdomen and wrapped it's front legs over the other pairs and around the sides of it's abdomen. It would then hold that position for many minutes.
A couple of jumping spiders resembling the local bullants.
One (♀?) is larger than the other. About 10mm long overall but it was hard to tell individual sizes.
On a blade of Gahnia sp. (sword grass) in a local nature reserve.
I realise now one is possibly devouring the other.
Approximately 15mm overall this weird spider didn't move like most. It was slow, turning constantly, waving two pairs of fore legs very slowly, and definitely attracted to my torch light. Strong patterns of cream, black, brown and quite tubercular in parts. Short abdomen and large flattened cephalo-thorax. I think I can see eight eyes but tiny and well dispersed.
Slowly exploring a wall in a very dark area of the local school late at night.
A tiny spider on the wall with orange-tan head and thorax and a mottled green abdomen. Eight eyes almost all the same size and in two even parallel rows. Approximately 12mm long.
Suburban house back wall.
This little jumping spider is always found in darker places like under bark and in the shadows around buildings. About 12mm long. This one is a male.
Found under a 'deck' in an outer urban back yard.
Used to be called 'Breda jovialis' but Breda is a Brazillian genus so now it is 'Ocrisiona jovialis'.
A tricky little spider which I only noticed when it moved onto a green stem from a grey one. Strongly resembling a broken twig node it was about 8mm across it's body.
On twigs of Acacia mearnsii.