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Grey House Spider - Achaearanea tepidariorum


This page contains pictures and information about Grey House Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 7mm

Grey House Spiders build tangled webs under stones, against fences or walls. They have the row of spines on the tip of the fourth legs, which are used to comb out wide swathes of silk to entangle their prey. This spider is common in backyards in Brisbane. 

This spider builds untidy tangled webs near walls and amongst trees. The web may or may not include a curled leaf as a retreat. The body shape looks like a Red-back Spider. The body is mottled cream-brown and the legs are red-brown. In the 1st photo above there were two egg-sacs. One egg-sac the young spiders had hatched. The 2nd photo shows a male (smaller) approaching a female.
Picture shows Comb-footed Spider feeding on small lizard.

1. Wildlife of Greater Brisbane - Queensland Museum 1995, p27.
2. Grey house spider - The Find-a-spider Guide for the Spiders of Southern Queensland, Dr Ron Atkinson, 2007.

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Last updated: November 11, 2009.