Find-a-spider by viewing imagesThis page should be useful when you are unsure of the location or habitat in which the spider you have found normally lives or if you are in a country other than Australia and need a starting point in your search for the identity of a spider you have found there. You will see below that this page is offering you five sets of spider images to examine. The first of these shows (roughly from largest to smallest) images of 44 species you are very likely to find in South-east Queensland and so is probably the list you should look at first.
The other four sets are of species that are less often noticed. These lists are classified on the basis of the length of each spider, including the body and chelicerae but not the spinnerets or legs. Please note that these size ranges are selected arbitrarily to ensure that the individual pages (which are large files) don't take too long to load, which they probably will if you only have dial-up internet access. Some of the size ranges have been divided into two lists to reduce the download time.
If your spider is not in the first list, click on the most appropriate alternative size range from the list below and view the images presented. Please note that in general only one sex will be shown on these pages, this being the one people most often encounter. However, you may actually have found the opposite sex (and for some species the male is much smaller or very different in appearance when compared with the female) or you may have an immature specimen. Unfortunately, the juveniles of many spider species look significantly different from the adults so your small spider may actually be a juvenile specimen of a species for which there are photos on a different page. Please note that spiders that are very young hatchlings are almost impossible to identify. In a few instances the two sexes of the species you have found may even be on different pages. Therefore, if you cannot find an image that matches your spider on one set of images it might be worthwhile to look at the other size ranges.
If you find an image that does seem to match your spider, click on the image to enlarge it and on the spider's name below the image and to obtain more information about that species.
Email Ron Atkinson for more information. Last updated 6 April, 2007.