Hunting Spiders

This page contains pictures and information about Hunting Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. For Web Building Spiders, please visit our Web Building Spiders web site.

All spiders has their silk glands at their bottom of their abdomen, the back side of their body. Some spiders build webs and some do not. This page is about those spiders that do not build any kinds of web.

All spiders use silks to make egg sac to protect their young.   

Followings listed the hunting spider families that we found up to this moment. For web building spiders, please visit our Web Building Spiders web site.
We also has the Quick Field Guide of spiders found in Brisbane. This includes most of the common species found in Brisbane near-by area and South East Queensland, Australia.

Family: Hersiliidae, Two-tailed Spiders
Two-tailed Spiders are small spider and easily identified because of their long 'tails'. They are common but hard to find. They are heavily camouflaged. The spiders body is flat and with the pattern of bark. Their legs are long. The two tails are their spinners which lay silk to trap their prey.
Family: Oxyopidae, Lynx spiders
They are long legs spiders, usually small in size. They have eight eyes, in the pattern of four rows of two as below.
Family: Lycosidae, Wolf spiders
The spider that you see wandering across the garden path or between plants is quite likely a common Wolf Spider. These spiders are real hunters and have very good eyesight. They are fast moving, hunting in the open ground. They are usually dull grey or brown in colour.
wpe6.jpg (32365 bytes)Family: Pisauridae, Water Spiders
The spiders in this family live at water edge of creeks and ponds. They are sometimes called Nursery Web or Fishing Spiders. They can run across water surface and dive under water after prey. Water Spiders have eight eyes on their head in two rows of four.

Family Zodariidae - Ground Hunting Spiders
Spiders in this family are small to medium in size. They are brown or dark brown in colours with white or yellow spots pattern on abdomen. They are usually found hunting on ground.   
Family Miturgidae - Long-legged Sac Spiders
Family Miturgidae is newly separated from family Clubionidae. They had eight legs arranged in two rows. 
wpe6.jpg (41807 bytes)Family: Corinnidae, Sun spiders
Some spiders in this family mimic ants. Their legs are usually long and slender. Most corinnids live in leaf litter or on dry bark of trees. They hunt on open ground and tree trunk. 
Family: Salticidae, Jumping spiders
This is a very large family contains the most colourful species of spiders. They are easily recognized by their eyes pattern. They have very good eyesight and very active. Each species in this family have different colourful patterns on their bodies.
Family Selenopidae - Wall Crab Spiders
Family Selenopidae is a small family. Selenops is the only genus in this family and Selenops australiensis is the only species in Australia. They look like huntsman spider except that they only has six eyes instead of eight. The six eyes are in one row. 
Family: Sparassidae, Huntsman Spider
They are medium to large spiders, usually with flat body and legs are held in forward crab-like position. They have eight eyes in two rows of four. 
Family: Thomisidae, Crab spiders
They are commonly called Flower Spider or Crab Spider. They are small to medium size with colour of green, yellow, white brown and grey. They are not hairy. All of them have eight eyes in two rows of four.
Unknown Hunting Spiders 
There are some spiders that we cannot identify in this page.

For Spiders that build web, please visit our Web Building Spiders web site.

1. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson 1969.
2. Australian Spiders in colour - Ramon Mascord, Reed Books Pty Ltd, 1970. 

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Last updated: December 16, 2009.