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Spider Map

Are the spiders in your garden the same as in other gardens? Which spiders are unique to your corner of Australia, and which are found all over?

After selecting a species of spider in the list to the left, the map below will show all sightings of the species as recorded in the Atlas of Living Australia, you can even select more than one and compare their distributions.

Here are six spiders along with some of their key facts. The colour code on the right side of the spider information matches the colour dots in the map at the bottom of this page as recorded in the Atlas of Living Australia. If you would like more interactivity e.g. turning off map layers, please view this page on a tablet or desktop computer

While not a full representation of the range of these species, it does give an excellent overview of the areas in which they have been found.

Using the Map

  • Hover (or touch if using a mobile device) over the spider icons to display key spider facts.
  • Click on the icon again to show or hide that spider's location in Australia.

Flower Spider

Diaea sp.

Eats:

Insects


Max Size:

12 mm


Habitat:

Found on the flowers and foliage of shrubs and grasses. Sit and wait hunters which ambush their prey.

an outline of the map of australia a map showing distribution of the flower spider in Australia. Dots are show along most coast lines, and less frequently in the centre of Australia. Concentrated areas are in major cities, except Darwin in the north.

Bird Dung Spider

Arkys curtulus

Eats:

Insects


Max Size:

8 mm


Habitat:

Found on the upper surface of the leaves of shrubs. It seems to prefer larger leaves with a smooth surface. Sit and wait hunters which ambush their prey

an outline of the map of australia Map of Australia showing distribution of the bird-dropping spider. Dots appear in the areas of Perth in the left of map, Adelaide, in the south centre of map, south-ease Queensland in right centre of map, north Queesnland in top right of map, and Sydney and Melbourne areas.

Net-casting Spider

Deinopis subrufa

Eats:

Insects and other invertebrates.


Max Size:

15 - 25mm


Habitat:

Lives in shrubs and grasses where its stick-like body makes it difficult see during the day. Mostly hunts at night by constructing a very elastic silken net which is held in the front two pairs of legs and thrown over passing prey.

an outline of the map of australia Map of Australia showing distribution of the net-casting spider. Dots appear across map with heavier areas in far left and right of map.

St Andrews Cross Spider

Argiope keyserlingi

Eats:

Insects


Max Size:

Females -12mm, males – 4mm


Habitat:

Lives in an orb web which is constructed in vegetation. Stays in the web day and night. The web is often decorated with a white cross shaped pattern of zig-zag silk.

an outline of the map of australia Map of Australia showing distribution of the St Andrew's Cross spider. There is a small concentration of dots in Perth (left lower map), with all the remaining dots on the right hand side of the map along the coastal areas.

Red-back Spider

Latrodectus hasseltii

Eats:

Insects


Max Size:

Females - 10mm, males – 4mm


Habitat:

Lives in a tangled web in a sheltered position, for example under garden furniture, among rock piles, in sheds etc. The web has long sticky tensioned threads that break and spring back to entangle prey.

an outline of the map of australia Map of Australia showing distribution of the red-back spider. The distribution is very evenly spread out, with slightly higher areas in capital cities areas.

Sydney Funnel-Web Spider

Atrax and Hadronyche species

Eats:

Insects and other invertebrates.


Max Size:

50 mm


Habitat:

Found in burrows in the ground, or occasionally tree trunks, in sheltered situations.

an outline of the map of australia Map of Australia showing distribution of the Sydney Funnel-web spider. Dots appear concentrated in Sydney area (right lower part of map) with some dots slightly more north towards Brisbane.
an outline of the map of australia a map showing distribution of the flower spider in Australia. Dots are show along most coast lines, and less frequently in the centre of Australia. Concentrated areas are in major cities, except Darwin in the north. Map of Australia showing distribution of the bird-dropping spider. Dots appear in the areas of Perth in the left of map, Adelaide, in the south centre of map, south-ease Queensland in right centre of map, north Queesnland in top right of map, and Sydney and Melbourne areas. Map of Australia showing distribution of the net-casting spider. Dots appear across map with heavier areas in far left and right of map. Map of Australia showing distribution of the St Andrew's Cross spider. There is a small concentration of dots in Perth (left lower map), with all the remaining dots on the right hand side of the map along the coastal areas. Map of Australia showing distribution of the red-back spider. The distribution is very evenly spread out, with slightly higher areas in capital cities areas. Map of Australia showing distribution of the Sydney Funnel-web spider. Dots appear concentrated in Sydney area (right lower part of map) with some dots slightly more north towards Brisbane.