Darren Carman 22 Dec 2014

Ant Spider - Habronestes sp.

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Sighted 20 Dec 2014
27 Delbridge Drive, Moe South VIC 3825, Australia



  • Ken Walker 22 December 2014
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Arachnida: Araneae: Zodariidae: Habronestes
    Ken Walker says

    There is yet another great spider book recently published to add to your complied list of references. "A Guide to the Spiders of Australia." by Volker Framenau, Barbara Barhr and Paul Zborowski. published by New Holland. ISBN: 978 1 92151 724 2. Worth a look.

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  • Darren Carman 22 December 2014
    Tagged With zodariidae
    Darren Carman says

    This dainty spider was observed at night prowling bare earth patches in our yard in the vicinity of ant nests. Initially it looked from the distance like a juvenile corinnid however with the benefit of the macro lens it turned out to be a Zodariid or Ant Spider. The spider is definitely not in the Storena genus due to the absence of a pitted abdominal shield (at least to my eye!) My 'spidey senses' suspect it may belong to the genus Habronestes. The genus Habronestes has been reviewed for NSW, ACT [refer Baehr, B. (2003) Revision of the Australian spider genus Habronestes (Araneae: Zodariidae). Species of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Records of the Australian Museum 55(3): 343–376]; Queensland [Baehr, B. (2008) Revision of the Australian ant spider genus Habronestes L. Koch 1872 (Araneae: Zodariidae): III . The Habronestes macedonensis-group in Queensland and New South Wales. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 52(2): 65–87] and Tasmania [Baehr, B. & Raven, R. (2009) Revision of the Australian spider genus Habronestes L. Koch, 1872 (Araneae: Zodariidae). Species of Tasmania. Contrib. Nat. Hist. 12: 127–151.]. I could be completely off the mark though as there are a multitude of genera within Zodariidae!

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