- This page contains pictures and information about Common Two-tailed Spiders that
we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Leg to leg 20mm
- Two-tailed Spiders are common but hard to find. They are small and heavily camouflaged.
In summer, if we search patiently enough, we almost certainly will find them in every
tree trunk in our backyard. The spiders body is flat and brown in colour,
with the pattern of bark. Their legs are long although the third pair is
relatively shorter. The spider has two tails on its abdomen.
Actually the two tails are their spinners, which they lay silk to trap their
- Can you see me?
- Two-tailed Spiders live on bark or rock surface. They do not build web or any silken
shelter. Usually the spiders just wait and stand still on the tree trunk for
the whole day and night. When disturbed, they run away very
If you still cannot see the spider, try the following picture, which was
processed to enhance the outlines of the spider image.
"Yes, I can see you now."
- Two-tailed Spiders hunt during day and night. The spider waits for the prey on the
tree trunk. When there is a small insect within attack range, the spider will face backwards to the insect, then run side-way as a crab, the insect
as center, the spider runs clockwise or anti-clockwise quickly, until the
insect is tighten up by the silk. The spider lays very thick silk to
entangle their prey. The two tails, or the long spinners, are to lay the
thick silk. The silk is projected across the length of the spinner, i.e. the
length of the spinner is the thickness of the silk.
- Egg sac of Two-tailed Spider, 5mm diameter.
- Not too far away from the spider, sometimes we found a grayish small silk ball hanging
from tree trunk by a thick silk stalk. It is the egg sac of Two-tailed Spider.
Their egg sac can be found in summer time.
- On Mar 2008 in Karawatha Forest, we found this Two-tailed Spider on a Acacia
- 1. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson
- 2. Tamopsis
The Find-a-spider Guide for Australian
Spiders, University of Southern Queensland, 2007.
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