Fat Orb Weaver
Pregnant, Back
Ellura
White-spotted Swift Spider
Female, dorsal
 
    
Fat Orb Weaver (Zealaranea cf crassa)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)
Order: Spiders (Araneae)
Family: Orb-weaver Spider (Araneidae)
Species: Fat Orb Weaver (Zealaranea cf crassa)
This Photo:     Pregnant, Perspective with Bush

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), and elsewhere
A very strange medium sized spider. 2 horned, or 2 spined, and pregnant.
Reddish brown, with it's legs well tucked up.
Looks like a gall. Has a white / yellow / pale stripe all around. It's also faintly two tone with the stripe making the letter "U", or "V", on it's back; separating the 2 tones.
It's perched on a Hakea Wattle (Acacia hakeoides).

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-Oct-2012
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.