Pirate Spider

Pirate Spider - Ark.net.au

Australomimetus maculosus

Family: Mimetidae (Pirate Spiders)

Size: 4-8 mm body length


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.

See Also

Australian Mammals
Australian Frogs
Australian Fish

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