Spurred Orb Weaver
Spurred Orb Weaver
Spurred Orb Weaver (Novakiella trituberculosa)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)
Order: Spiders (Araneae)
Family: Orb-weaver Spider (Araneidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Spurred Orb Weaver (Novakiella trituberculosa)
This Photo:     Dorsal, ~5mm
Other name: Three-pointed Novakiella

Thank you Suzanne and Jim & Rog Standen for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) 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 ~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 © 2015-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 09-Dec-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.