Ground Hunting Spiders - Family Zodariidae

This page contains pictures and information about Ground Hunting Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. They are sometimes known as Ant 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. The walk fast on the forest floor among the plant materials. If disturbed, they hide under covers. Most of them are active during the days. 
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Eight eyes arranged in three rows of 2-4-2 

9-dotted Ground Spider
Habronestes hunti, body length 10mm
We sometimes found this ground hunting spider in forest floor in mid summer season. The spider is dark brown in colour with paler brown legs, There are two row of three followed by one row of three yellow dots on its abdomen. Please check this page for more information.
Meat Ant Mimicking Spider
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Storena sp., body length 10mm
This ground hunting spider has the body colour scheme same as the Meat Ants. The white pattern on it abdomen make it has the narrow ant's waist look. This spider runs quickly on forest floor. Please check this page for more information. 
5-dotted Ground Spider
Storena formosa, body length 12mm
1. Storena formosa - The Find-a-spider Guide for Australian Spiders, University of Southern Queensland, 2009.
2. Australian Spiders in colour - Ramon Mascord, Reed Books Pty Ltd, 1970, p104. 

1. Family ZODARIIDAE Thorell, 1881 - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study. 
2. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson 1969, p46.
3. Australian Spiders in colour - Ramon Mascord, Reed Books Pty Ltd, 1970, p104. 


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