Pirate Spider - Australomimetus maculosus

Pirate Spider

Australomimetus maculosus

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Family: Mimetidae (Pirate Spiders)

Size: 4-8 mm body length

Distribution:

Habitat:

References: Whyte and Anderson

About the Pirate Spider

These are known as Pirate Spiders because they shake other spiders webs to imitate struggling prey, and then attack the spider when it comes to investigate.

Note that dead spiders usually fade in colour, so nearly all the spiders will look blacker or darker in colour in real life than they do in the photos of dead spiders from the museum.

Pirate Spider - Australomimetus maculosus
Photo taken at Australian Museum, Sydney. High Resolution 3652 x 2564.

Recommended Reading

Spiders of Australia: Australian Green Guides, by Terence Lindsey - Pirate Spider - Australomimetus maculosus Spiders of Australia: Australian Green Guides, by Terence Lindsey.

This is a smaller one at 96 pages. From the publisher, "The Australian Green Guides have been created for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages. The most commonly asked questions are answered with particular emphasis on fascinating behavioural insights into both common and unusual creatures. The pages are alive with entertaining and informative text accompanied by exciting action photography."

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See Also

Australian Mammals
Australian Birds
Australian Reptiles
Australian Frogs
Australian Fish
Australian Wild Plant Foods

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