Spurred Orb Weaver
Ventral
Ellura
Spurred Orb Weaver
Eyes
 
    
Spurred Orb Weaver (Novakiella trituberculosa)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)
Order: Spiders (Araneae)
Family: Orb-weaver Spider (Araneidae)
Species: Spurred Orb Weaver (Novakiella trituberculosa)
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General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), and elsewhere
This is a very strange spider, a bit of a Heinz 57 variety. It has long thin legs like a Prowling spider, spurs on it's tibia like a Trapdoor, the back of a Backobourkia (triangular with 3 horns) and eyes like a Jumper. Yet small, only about 5mm long. This is a male; the female wouldn't have the spurs. The only thing that was truly unique about it was the dark brown triangular patch on it's back.

Copyright © 2015- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 09-Dec-2015
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.