Spiders in Tasmania

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.

Spiders in Tasmania

Spiders in Tasmania Identification Chart

Common Spiders in Tasmania

Black House SpiderGarden Wolf Spider

Biggest Spider in Tasmania

Tasmanian Cave Spider

Most Dangerous Spiders in Tasmania

Redback SpiderLake Fenton Trapdoor Spider

Most Venomous Spiders

Comb-Footed Spiders

Male Redback Spider Redback Spider (Latrodectus hasseltii) - The Redback spider, often called the Australian black widow, comes from places in Australia. Nowadays, you can find it all over Australia and even in New Zealand.… Continue Reading >

Huntsman Spiders

Avondale Spider Image Avondale (Delena cancerides) - The Avondale spider comes from the huntsman spider family. It got its name from a place called Avondale in Auckland. Some people also call it the social huntsman or flat huntsman spider.… Continue Reading >

Australian Funnel-web Spiders

  • Lake Fenton Trapdoor Spider (Plesiothele fentoni)

Wolf Spiders

  • Garden Wolf Spider (Tasmanicosa godeffroyi)
  • Grey Wolf Spider (Portacosa cinerea)

White‐Tailed Spiders

White Tail Spider White-tailed (Lampona cylindrata & Lampona murina) - Discover the intriguing world of the white-tailed spider, known scientifically as Lampona murina and Lampona cylindrata. Both these spiders hail from the Lampona genus, which means ‘to shine’.… Continue Reading >

House Spiders

Black House Spider Size Black House (Badumna insignis) - The Black House Spider, sometimes called the common black spider, calls Australia home. But, you can also spot them in Japan and New Zealand. They have a dark, strong look but are quite shy.… Continue Reading >

Less Venomous Spiders

Huntsman Spiders

  • Badge Huntsman Spider (Neosparassus diana)

Red and Black Spiders

  • Tasmanian Red and Black Spider (Novodamus nodatus)

Large Clawed Spiders

  • Tasmanian Cave Spider (Hickmania troglodytes)

Tree Trapdoor Spiders

  • Plomley’s Trapdoor Spider (Migas plomleyi)

Jumping Spiders