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Colourful Lynx Spiders (Oxyopes) hunt insects on shrubs and grasses. Image: Mike Gray
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    mundulus
    Genus
    Oxyopes
    Family
    Oxyopidae
    Order
    Araneae
    Class
    Arachnida
    Phylum
    Arthropoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    1.5-2.0 cm
  • Habitats
    litter
  • Life history mode
    terrestrial
  • Feeding Habits
    arthropod-feeder, carnivorous, insectivorous, predator

Introduction

Lynx spiders are roving hunters commonly associated with the shrubby and grassy understorey of Sydney's forests and woodlands, heathlands and suburban gardens.

Identification

Many Lynx spider species have colourfully striped abdomens and spiky legs.

Habitat

Lynx spiders are found in forests and woodlands, as well as heath.

Distribution

Lynx spiders are found throughout Eastern Australia.



Other behaviours and adaptations

They position themselves in foliage, in areas likely to attract insects. They have good eyesight and, when potential prey comes within range, they spring out and chase them down. Lynx spiders are exceptionally acrobatic when they have to be, leaping from branch to leaf in the chase.