Tasmania has its fair share of spiders, the most dangerous being the redback and Lake Fenton trapdoor spiders, whose bites are quite deadly. While certain species of spiders like the mouse spiders are almost wholly absent here, there are several species endemic to this state. These include the Tasmanian cave spider, Plomley’s trapdoor spider, and the Tasmanian red and black spider.
Recently, a young boy named Murphy Widdowson discovered a new species of wolf spider. The spider’s scientific name, Artoriopsis murphyi, was coined in his honor.
Common Spiders: Black House Spider, Garden Wolf Spider
Biggest Spider: Tasmanian Cave Spider
Most Dangerous Spiders: Redback Spider, Lake Fenton Trapdoor Spider