Ant Spider
Female, ventral
Ellura
Wandering Spider
 
    
Wandering Spider (Argoctenus sp)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Joint Leg (Arthropoda) - Spider, Scorpion, Mite & Tick (Arachnida)
Order: Spider (Araneae)
Family: Wandering Spider (Zoridae)
Species: Wandering Spider (Argoctenus sp)
This Photo:     1st Specimen

Thank you Dr Robert Raven for confirming the identification of this species

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee) & in the Adelaide Hills
The first specimen looks like A. igneus, but can't be confirmed without genital inspection.
The eyes look superficially similar to wolf spider. But the top, rear eyes are not as far back, and the front top eyes are closer together (wolf spider top eyes make a square).
We've only seen the males so far and they are about 5mm body length. A 3rd specimen we sighted last week was 7mm body length.
They have very long legs, somewhat like a Ticopa sp.
When you look close enough, from the right angle you can see they have tufts of hair over they eyes, like eyebrows.
Eye arrangement is 4 rows of 2. The pair of eyes on the 2nd bottom row are very small (very difficult to see) and outside of the bottom pair.

Copyright © 2015- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 26-Jul-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species