JEWEL OR SPINEY SPIDER

FACT FILE - 091

Family

Araneidae

Species

Austracantha minax
(Thorell, 1859)

Body Length

Female: 7mm
Male: 4mm

Habitat

Builds a small circular web in shrubs. May also be found in groups with adjoining webs. the spider does not destroy its web in daylight and may be found on the web during the day.

Toxicity

Only mildly painful, temporary local irritation.

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Ventral view

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Rear view

minax

Photo: ┬ęDaniel Smedley

minax

Melanic or black variant.
Photo: ┬ęDave Lees