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4 legged spider
Location: Sydney, Australia
January 5, 2011 6:25 am
This has me stumped. Never seen anything like it!
Looks a bit like a spider. Hangs around on the wall like a spider.
Seems to have a thin long body and 4 legs that spread diagonally.
Signature: Sincerely Jonathan

Net-Casting Spider

Hi Jonathan,
We do not recognize your spider and we are posting your letter as Unidentified since we haven’t the time to research this at the moment.  Perhaps one of our readers will have some luck.  You may also try scanning through the Spiders of Brisbane webpages.  There are some spiders that rest with two pairs of legs together, creating the appearance of four legs rather than eight, and this specimen appears to be one of those.

Identification courtesy of Karl
Hi Daniel and Jonathan:
It appears to be a male Net-casting spider (Deinopidae), probably Deinopsis subrufa. You can also check out this site. Regards. Karl

Thanks Karl.  Trevor also supplied us with an identifying comment.

That’s great!  Thank you.
It does look a lot like this one:
I reckon that is what I saw or something very close.
Jonathan Young

aussietrev foodchain S picta eats D.ravidus
November 29, 2009
Hi guys,
Hope the book is progressing well. Will you have it for sale on the site? Thought you might like this shot of Suppuna Picta finishing off a male Dinopis ravidus (Net casting spider)
South East Queensland. Australia

Bug Mimic Spider eats Net Casting Spider

Bug Mimic Spider eats Net Casting Spider

Hi Trevor,
Nice of you to ask about the book.  Coincidentally, we sent off the first draft today.  Now we wait for the editor’s comments before beginning to rewrite.  We had to correct the spelling on Supunna picta before we could find a link.  Thanks for the great photo.  Interesting that the Bug Mimicking Swift Spider mimics the nymphs of the Gum Tree Shield Bug.

Oddities from around the globe
I just stumbled across your site and it looks like a useful resource. In fact at the moment I’m aiming to create my own site with species lists, photos and profiles for species from parts of the world I’ve visited. I’m particularly keen on finding information on species I haven’t been able to track down on the internet, since there’s a good chance others will have the same difficulty and my site could prove helpful to them. I’ve collected a fair few photos of unidentifiable insects and arachnids over the years, so I’m afraid this could take several e-mails. First up: An unusual net-casting spider from Mt Spec, Paluma Range National Park, in the Australian Wet Tropics. I’m afraid it’s not the world’s best photo, but the rounded body is unlike any net caster I’ve been able to find information on. Next: A brown huntsman spider (genus Heteropoda), also from the Wet Tropics (further north, in Babinda). Is this photo good enough to allow identification to species level? 3. A dragonfly from Queensland, near the Basalt River. There are more dragonflies to come, I’m afraid – this is the group I’ve had most trouble identifying. More to come. Thanks for bearing with me!
Phil Bowles

Hi Phil,
You have overwhelmed us with the quantity of critters you want us to identify. Sadly, our identification capabilities do not extend into exotic tropical locations. We are thrilled to post your Net Casting Spider photo as we have one on our site, sans net. Dragonflies often give us problems as well. We encourage you to set up your own site and we will gladly provide a link when you do.

Can you please help my wife and I tell our 2 year old what this is? It moves like a spider and has 8 legs but doesn’t spin a web, or eat flies. It has eyes like a stick insect I saw on you site, but is unlike anything I hae seen before. We live in Melbourne, Australia and our son found it on our front door. Any help would be appreciated. Kind regards
Garry Yeomans

Hi Garry,
This is a Net Casting Spider in the Family Deinopidae. We located a great site with information. According to the site: “Net-casting Spiders have a unique way of catching their prey. They make a small web in the form of a net held by the front legs that can be stretched out wide to envelop an unwary insect passing by.”