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When you are out and about, exploring the bushland, parks and reserves, keep you eyes out for a range of spider species, such a the Red-tipped Crab Spider (Sidymella rubrosignata). This is a species of crab spiders found in Australia and are quite small, and often may blend in with their background.

Red-tipped Crab Spider (Sidymella rubrosignata) on a Flannel Flower, Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden, Dee Why NSW
Red-tipped Crab Spider (Sidymella rubrosignata) on a Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi), Dee Why NSW

A common spider, that are often seen on Dianella plants, the photos here were taken of the spider on the Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi). In this instance, if it wasn’t that we were taking photos of the Flannel Flower, we may have missed in.

Red-tipped Crab Spider (Sidymella rubrosignata) on a Flannel Flower, Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden, Dee Why NSW
Red-tipped Crab Spider (Sidymella rubrosignata) on a Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi), Dee Why NSW

The spider was calmly sitting quietly, not moving, waiting for passing prey (other insects).

Red-tipped Crab Spider (Sidymella rubrosignata) on a Flannel Flower, Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden, Dee Why NSW
Red-tipped Crab Spider (Sidymella rubrosignata) on a Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi), Dee Why NSW

More information at Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden > Red-tipped Crab Spider


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Chelicerata
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Infraorder: Araneomorphae
  • Infraorder: Entelegynae
  • Superfamily: Thomisoidea
  • Family: Thomisidae
  • Genus Sidymella
  • Species: Sidymella rubrosignata
Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi), Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden, Dee Why NSW
Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi) with Red-tipped Crab Spider (Sidymella rubrosignata), Dee Why NSW

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