Gumtree Two-tailed Spider - ? Tamopsis sp.


This page contains pictures and information about Gumtree Two-tailed Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Leg to leg 30mm
We found this Gumtree Two-tailed Spider once in Carbrook Wetland on Oct 2011. It was sitting on a large Scribble Bark Gumtree trunk. The spider camouflages as the same colours and markings as the tree trunk.  
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Two-tailed Spider sits on tree trunk and lay silk on the near by area. When a small insect come close, the insect triggers those silk and the spider senses this. The spider will quickly run around the insect in circles, with the insect in center. The spider will also lay more silk at the same time, until the insect entangled by the silk, becomes the meal of the spider. 
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The spider has two tails, actually they are the long spinnerets. 
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1. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson 1969, p42.
2. Tamopsis species - The Find-a-spider Guide for Australian Spiders, University of Southern Queensland, 2007.

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Last updated: October 02, 2011.