two-spined spider Click to enlarge image
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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    australasia
    Genus
    Poecilopachys
    Family
    Araneidae
    Order
    Araneae
    Class
    Arachnida
    Phylum
    Arthropoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    7 mm
  • Habitats
    open woodland
  • Life history mode
    aerial
  • Feeding Habits
    arthropod-feeder, carnivorous, predator

Introduction

The Two-spined or Enamelled Spider is one of the most curious and beautiful of all spiders.

Identification

The Two-spined Spider has a rounded abdomen that is brightly coloured in red, yellow, green and black with two large white spines.

Habitat

Forests and woodlands, heath.

Distribution

Coastal New South Wales and Queensland.



Other behaviours and adaptations

Despite their conspicuous colours, they are seldom seen as they usually hide under leaves during the day. At night they emerge and spin a horizontal orb web to catch night-flying insects such as moths. In the morning they eat their web completely and settle down to hide for the day. The Two-spined Spider is one of the few spiders that can change colour quickly, perhaps to confuse potential predators.