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)

The commonly named Wall Spider (Oecobius sp), also known as Midget House Spider, is a cosmopolitan spider, found around the world. Found in homes, as well as around the garden, they are a small active spider (between 2 to 3 mm in size), appearing to be always on the move.

Wall Spider (Oecobius sp), Alice Springs NT
Wall Spider (Oecobius sp), Alice Springs NT

A cribellate spider (the cribellum is a silk spinning organ that produces extremely fine fibers), the silk produces is very sticky and will easily hold prey. You can often see these little spiders running circles around their prey. Prey can be a small ant to a slightly larger beetle or any other small creatures that they find.

Wall Spider (Oecobius sp), Alice Springs NT
Wall Spider (Oecobius sp), Alice Springs NT
Wall Spider (Oecobius sp), Alice Springs NT
Wall Spider (Oecobius sp), Alice Springs NT
Wall Spider (Oecobius sp), Alice Springs NT
Wall Spider (Oecobius sp), Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Chelicerata
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborders: Araneomorphae
  • Infraorder: Entelegynae
  • Superfamily: Eresoidea
  • Family: Oecobiidae
  • Genus: Oecobius
  • Species:
    • Oecobius achimota
    • Oecobius aculeatus
    • Oecobius affinis
    • Oecobius agaetensis
    • Oecobius albipunctatus
    • Oecobius alhoutyae
    • Oecobius amboseli
    • Oecobius annulipes
    • Oecobius ashmolei
    • Oecobius beatus
    • Oecobius bracae
    • Oecobius brachyplura
    • Oecobius bumerang
    • Oecobius caesaris
    • Oecobius cambridgei
    • Oecobius camposi
    • Oecobius cellariorum
    • Oecobius chiasma
    • Oecobius civitas
    • Oecobius concinnus
    • Oecobius culiacanensis
    • Oecobius cumbrecita
    • Oecobius depressus
    • Oecobius dolosus
    • Oecobius doryphorus
    • Oecobius duplex
    • Oecobius eberhardi
    • Oecobius erjosensis
    • Oecobius fahimii
    • Oecobius ferdowsii
    • Oecobius fortaleza
    • Oecobius fuerterotensis
    • Oecobius furcula
    • Oecobius gomerensis
    • Oecobius hayensis
    • Oecobius hidalgoensis
    • Oecobius hierroensis
    • Oecobius hoffmannae
    • Oecobius idolator
    • Oecobius iguestensis
    • Oecobius ilamensis
    • Oecobius incertus
    • Oecobius infierno
    • Oecobius infringens
    • Oecobius interpellator
    • Oecobius isolatoides
    • Oecobius isolatus
    • Oecobius juangarcia
    • Oecobius kowalskii
    • Oecobius lampeli
    • Oecobius latiscapus
    • Oecobius linguiformis
    • Oecobius longiscapus
    • Oecobius machadoi
    • Oecobius maculatus
    • Oecobius marathaus
    • Oecobius maritimus
    • Oecobius minor
    • Oecobius nadiae
    • Oecobius navus
    • Oecobius palmensis
    • Oecobius parapsammophilus
    • Oecobius pasteuri
    • Oecobius paulomaculatus
    • Oecobius persimilis
    • Oecobius petronius
    • Oecobius piaxtla
    • Oecobius pinoensis
    • Oecobius przewalskyi
    • Oecobius psammophilus
    • Oecobius pseudodepressus
    • Oecobius putus
    • Oecobius rhodiensis
    • Oecobius rioensis
    • Oecobius rivula
    • Oecobius rugosus
    • Oecobius selvagensis
    • Oecobius sheari
    • Oecobius similis
    • Oecobius simillimus
    • Oecobius sinescapus
    • Oecobius sombrero
    • Oecobius tadzhikus
    • Oecobius tasarticoensis
    • Oecobius teliger
    • Oecobius templi
    • Oecobius tibesti
    • Oecobius trimaculatus
    • Oecobius unicoloripes

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks for ID by Vidar Tysvaer, member of Australian spider identification page, Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/australianspidereducation/
  2. Many thanks for additional information link from Johan Kruger, Australian spider identification page, Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/australianspidereducation/permalink/2728456614096029/
  3. Wall Spiders Genus Oecobius, iNatuarlistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/47586-Oecobius

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)

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