Alice Springs Fauna •

Alice Springs SpidersAustralian Golden Orb Weaver Australian Huntsman Spiders (Sparassidae) Backobourkines Banded Garden Spider Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster) Cytaea sp Desert Huntsman Spider Elegant Water Spider (Dolomedes facetus) Hackled Orb-weavers Hortophora sp Long-jawed Orb Weavers Long-tailed St. Andrew’s Cross Spider Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) Miturgidae (Elassoctenus spp) Red-headed Mouse Spider Redback Spider (Latrodectus hasselti) Wall Spider (Oecobius sp)

Suggested that this spider is one of the ‘Backobourkines’ or ‘Three Pointed Orb Weavers’. In Australia these include genera like Salsa, Novakiella, Hortophora and Araneus. An underneath shot of the spider is often necessary to tell them apart.

The following photographs of a possible Backobourkia in an urban garden in Alice Springs, Central Australia.

'Backobourkines' or 'Three Pointed Orb Weavers', Alice Springs NT
‘Backobourkines’ or ‘Three Pointed Orb Weavers’, Alice Springs NT
'Backobourkines' or 'Three Pointed Orb Weavers', Alice Springs NT
‘Backobourkines’ or ‘Three Pointed Orb Weavers’, Alice Springs NT
'Backobourkines' or 'Three Pointed Orb Weavers', Alice Springs NT
‘Backobourkines’ or ‘Three Pointed Orb Weavers’, Alice Springs NT
'Backobourkines' or 'Three Pointed Orb Weavers', Alice Springs NT
‘Backobourkines’ or ‘Three Pointed Orb Weavers’, Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Chelicerata
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Infraorder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Araneidae
  • Genus:
    • Araneus
    • Backobourkia
    • Hortophora
    • Novakiella
    • Salsa

Footnote & References

  1. ‘Backobourkines’ or ‘Three Pointed Orb Weavers’, many thanks to Arnee Pu for help with ID, member of Entomology Australia “Invertebratology”, https://www.facebook.com/groups/507004496955277/
  2. Backobourkia Framenau, Dupérré, Blackledge & Vink, 2010, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/7f5a3924-e1a5-4a1e-8cb2-2d2acb7a2201
  3. Outback Orb-Weavers (Genus Backobourkia), ausemade, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/209526634

Alice Springs SpidersAustralian Golden Orb Weaver Australian Huntsman Spiders (Sparassidae) Backobourkines Banded Garden Spider Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster) Cytaea sp Desert Huntsman Spider Elegant Water Spider (Dolomedes facetus) Hackled Orb-weavers Hortophora sp Long-jawed Orb Weavers Long-tailed St. Andrew’s Cross Spider Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) Miturgidae (Elassoctenus spp) Red-headed Mouse Spider Redback Spider (Latrodectus hasselti) Wall Spider (Oecobius sp)

Alice Springs FaunaAlice Springs Native Bees Alice Springs Beetles Alice Springs Birds Alice Springs Gastropods (Gastropoda) Alice Springs Insects Alice Springs Marsupials Alice Springs Reptiles Alice Springs Spiders

Alice Springs FloraAlice Springs Flora Index Acacia ligulata Annual Yellowtop Bougainvillea Apple Bush Burdekin Plum Carob Tree (Ceratonia siliqa) Cattle Bush Desert Cotton (Aerva javanica) Desert Oak Eremophila Wildberry Feijoa sellowiana Flannel Cudweed Fork-leaf Corkwood Ghost Gum Golden Everlasting Kurrajong Lemon-flowered Gum MacDonnell’s Desert Fuchsia Native Bluebell Native Tomato Needlewood Olive Tree Perennial Yellow Top Rat’s Tail River Red Gum Inland River Red Gum Rosy Dock Round-leaved Mallee Scurvy Grass Silky Eremophila Stemodia viscosa Striped Mintbush Sturt’s Desert Pea Sturt’s Desert Rose Tangled Leschenaultia Tar Vine Weeping Bottlebrush White Cedar Yellow Billybutton Yellow-keeled Swainsona Yellow Oleander