Mouse Spider
Male, Dorsal
Brown Mouse Spider
Female, dorsal
Mouse Spider (Missulena sp ES01)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)
Order: Spiders (Araneae)
Family: Mouse Spider (:Mygalomorph Actinopodidae)
Species: Mouse Spider (Missulena sp ES01)
This Photo:     Male, Fangs

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We thought this was a Red-headed Mouse Spider, but then found a paper & key that showed there are a number of similar species; colour is diagnostic.
As such, the dark colour of the head means it can't be M. occatoria. This key is hard to decipher.
We think the "pars" means "side of". This is the only photo which we can find to describe the "pars" terms.
Our sighting matches Volker's image, but is wrong location, so more work to try and decipher.

Copyright © 2013-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 06-Jun-2013
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.