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Australian Jewel Spider

Austracantha minax


Black spines around the abdomen and distinctive yellow, white and black markings make this spider easy to identify. Eight identical eyes which are arranged in two rows on its head


This species occurs throughout most of Australia in shrubby woodlands in coastal an inland areas. This one was found near a coastal area . It builds a circular web between shrubs, sometimes this is reduced to a few supporting strands


The Australian jewel spider is sometimes known in Australia as the Christmas spider, as it is generally found in high numbers at this time of year.

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armadeus.4 3 years ago

Nice shots Charlie! Thank you for sharing :) Good luck finding the all Black Morph!!!

CharliePrice 3 years ago

Was too Mark , now i would like to find the all Black Morph of this species as well =)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Nice specimen.

CharliePrice 3 years ago

Thankyou venusflytrap2000 ...agreed...they really are beautiful.

CalebSteindel 3 years ago

Great shots, Charlie! What a beautiful spider!

Spotted by

Tasmania, Australia

Lat: -40.96, Long: 147.33

Spotted on Jan 22, 2016
Submitted on Jan 30, 2016

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