Lynx Spider

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Lynx Spider

Oxyopes sp.


This spider uses vision to detect its prey then its legs to catch it, sometimes jumping up to 2 cm into the air to catch insects in flight. They are very protective of their egg sacs and guard them. 


Details Description
Type
Invertebrate
Group
Arachnid - Spider
Identifying Characteristics

High, angled front body section, abdomen usually oval shaped and tapering to a point. Distinctive eyes. Spines on legs. Some have bright coloured bodies while others are camouflaged.

Distinctive Markings

Looks like a bird dropping. Many spines on its legs.

Diet

Carnivore. Eats insects and other spiders. Ambushes insects on stems, leaves and flowers.

Habitat

Lives in vegetation such as grasses, shrubs and trees.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Taxonomy
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Oxyopidae
Genus
Oxyopes
Species
sp.
"Found throughout Australia, including across Victoria. "

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.