Backyard Spiders. Budgewoi to Bateau Bay.
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Quick guide to common spiders
ARANEIDAE Orb Weavers
DESIDAE Intertidal Spiders
HERSILIIDAE Two-tailed Spiders
LAMPONIDAE White tails
LYCOSIDAE Wolf Spiders
OXYOPIDAE Lynx Spider
THOMISIDAE Crab spiders
ZORIDAE. Wandering Ghosts
Every time I go through my bank of images I am less certain about the identification of these Huntsman Spiders. The male at the bottom is certainly the spider I was identifying as Isopeda Vasta. The female above may be but the female at the top has a different thorax and abdomen and a marking between the spots on its abdomen. Its legs seem more stocky and shorter and they have a different markings. It is highly likely there are two more species hiding in my files as I. vasta one although I have seen how difficult identification can be.
Big Huntsman spiders moved into the house at Budgewoi with great pleasure. The windows had no screens and the spiders were coming and going as they pleased for several years. What seem to have stopped them was a local extinction event. A steel fence replaced the ranch fence that allowed all the properties to share wide expanses of tree filled deep grass and old sheds. People moved into the surrounding propertis who wanted neat edging and killed anything they had not obtained from a garden supplier. I hate that kind of thinking.
Recently wandering through the islands of remnant woodlands around Bateau Bay I have seen their numbers as prolific which is wonderful
Huntsman Spider. Isopeda vasta group
I have been identifying these as Isopeda vasta for years. Recently I was sent a paper by David Hirst of the South Australian Museum and I am struck by the fact that my identification is unlikely to be correct. We are looking into it
Mother and her babies