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Spiders Class Arachnida
Spiders belong to a class known as Arachnida and more commonly known as the arachnids. They share the class with other species including scorpions, harvestmen, ticks and mites. Spider are mistakenly called insects (class Insecta), however the main difference between the two are spiders have eight legs whilst insect have six. Both spiders and insects belong to the largest group of animals on Earth, the arthropods.

Another distinguishing feature of Arachnids are they have no antennae and no wings, with most being carnivorous, feeding on pre-digested bodies of insects or other small animals and birds. Some are parasites, whilst many are venomous, secreting poison from specialised glands.
 

At the last count, Australia has some 2,000 species of spiders.

Source: Australian Museum Online - Spiders and Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia - Spider

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Spiders
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida

Spiders Other links

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Australian Museum Online
Includes info on Australia's spider fauna.
Queensland Museum
What Spider is that? is a spider finder providing an introduction to a range of Queensland's more common spiders - in particularly the ones that generate the most enquires at the Museum.
Spiders
An informative site originally developed to be used by Australian school children, but also with information about spiders from the USA and elsewhere.
Steve's Australian Spider Pics
A great site with images about spiders in Australia.

 

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