Goldback (Idiommata sp ES01)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)
Order: Spiders (Araneae)
Family: Brush-footed Spider (:Mygalomorph Barychelidae)
Species: Goldback (Idiommata sp ES01)
This Photo:     Palps

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
A large spider that weighed in at 0.58 grams, 20mm long.
You can see the hoof like brushed feet in the dorsal shot. Even their palps have brushed "feet".
Unlike most other spiders, these have their eyes very close together.
Mygalomorphs have 4 lungs, rather than 2 as in modern spiders. You can see them in the ventral shots as the light colours bulges on the abdomen.
We have only found male Mygalomorphs as they go out looking for a mate. The females generally stay hidden in their burrow.
We found this one male in July.

Copyright © 2019-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 21-Jul-2019
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.