|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)|
|Family:||Net Casting Spider (Deinopidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Net-casting Spider (Deinopis subrufa)|
|This Photo:||Male, ventral|
|Other name:||Ogre-faced Spider|
Thank you Suzanne and Jim & Peter Crowcroft for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
Highly variable species, generally grey to brown and up to 25mm body & head length. We have only found smaller one ranging in size from 8mm to 19mm.
They have 2 very large eyes pointing forward, similar to jumping spider, on the 2nd row. The other 6 smaller eyes are arranged as: 1 row of 2 eyes above, 1 row of 2 eyes below the larger ones, and the final 2 pointing down to the side on raised mounts. Long strong legs. Often specimens have lumps on the side and dark triangular stripes down their backs.
It's possible all 6 Australian Deinopis species are actually one species.
The males have very large palps for their body size
We found 4 specimens in Feb & April, with 1 male.