Pirate Spider - Australomimetus maculosus

Pirate Spider

Australomimetus maculosus

Family: Mimetidae (Pirate Spiders)

Size: 4-8 mm body length

Distribution:

Habitat:

References: Whyte and Anderson

About the Pirate Spider

These are known as Pirate Spiders because they shake other spiders webs to imitate struggling prey, and then attack the spider when it comes to investigate.

Note that dead spiders usually fade in colour, so nearly all the spiders will look blacker or darker in colour in real life than they do in the photos of dead spiders from the museum.

Pirate Spider - Australomimetus maculosus
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 3652 x 2564.

Recommended Reading

Spiders: A Wild Australia Guide, by Patrick Honan - Pirate Spider - Australomimetus maculosus Spiders: A Wild Australia Guide, by Patrick Honan.

96 pages. This is a smaller spider guide showing the most well known spiders and then a few more.

From the publisher, "Australia is home to more than 2000 known species of spiders - and it is estimated that four times that number actually exist in this country waiting to be discovered! Within the ranks of Australian spiders we find some of the most uniquely interesting and skilled creatures of the animal world, along with a few potentially-deadly species and even more harmless individuals with fearsome reputations. Love them or loathe them, spiders are a part of everyday life, and this Steve Parish WILD AUSTRALIA GUIDE provides an insight into the lives of some of these often-reclusive visitors to our gardens, homes and wild places. From how to identify them and where they live, to their unique skills and behaviours, this guide lets you get up close to some of the most common Australian spiders. Who knows? You may even find some of these fascinating creatures living right under your nose."

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia) (Probably Unavailable)

See Also

Australian Mammals
Australian Birds
Australian Reptiles
Australian Frogs
Australian Fish
Australian Wild Plant Foods

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