Austracantha minax
Christmas Spider
ARANEIDAE,   ARACHNIDA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Austracantha minax
(Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

The female of this Spider species covers its brown egg sac with a coarse mess of white silk, and typically hangs it from a twig. The case can have a length of up to 5 cms.

The adult spider is black with yellow markings. It has a length of about 7 mm.

Austracantha minax
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks)

The spider has been found in

  • Queensland
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.

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    (updated 24 September 2010, 24 September 2017, 30 June 2019)