Red and Black Spider

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Red and Black Spider

Ambicodamus crinitus


During daylight hours In summer, males leave their web and wander in search of females. The egg case looks woolly and is held in the web. The web consists of a few strands built under bark, stones or logs.


Details Description
Type
Invertebrate
Group
Arachnid - Spider
Identifying Characteristics

A spider 10-12 mm in length, with a bright red body, red and black legs and a black abdomen (sometimes with a bluish tinge).

Distinctive Markings

Bright red body and red and black legs.

Diet

Carnivore.

Habitat

Lives on or close to the ground.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Bites/Sting
Despite the red colour of this spider its venom is not dangerous. At most, it may cause a local reaction around the bite site.
Taxonomy
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Arachnida
Order
Araneae
Family
Nicodamidae
Genus
Ambicodamus
Species
crinitus
Found across south-eastern Australia, including throughout 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.