Brown Mouse Spider
Female: anterior
Ellura
Goldback
Dorsal
 
    
Brown Mouse Spider (Missulena sp ES2)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)
Order: Spiders (Araneae)
Family: Mouse Spider (:Mygalomorph Actinopodidae)
Species: Brown Mouse Spider (Missulena sp ES2)
This Photo:     Female: ventral

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
There two unusual aspects of this specimen.
1. It's brown. But there are brown mouse spiders out there. They just don't seem to be noticed as much.
2. It's a female. Now typically these are only seen when someone has accidentally dug up their burrow.
But we found this one just walking around in the daytime. Perhaps a bird dug up it's borrow? It is injured, with a big gash on it's head.

Copyright © 2020 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 24-Apr-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.