White-spotted sandalodes

Sandalodes scopifer

A rather large jumping spider, dark brown to black, throughout Australia and also known from New Guinea, often found on wattles and gums. Body length of males to about 9mm, females 10mm. Both males and females have a distinctive pair of white spots on each side of the abdomen.
Wattle Jumping Spider - Sandalodes scopifer (former Sandalodes albobarbatus) http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_spiders/WattleJumpingSpider.htm Australia,Geotagged,Sandalodes scopifer

Appearance

Body length of males to about 9mm, females 10mm. Both males and females have a distinctive pair of white spots on each side of the abdomen, about half way towards the spinnerets, and both have white markings on the dark cephalothorax, usually a thick white to cream slash from the centre to the trailing edge, and white marks below the posterior lateral eyes on the sides. The female has a cream to white central stripe running lengthways along the most of the abdomen and is usually browner. The males have a fringe of black hairs at the top front of the cephalothorax. The front legs of this spider are long and strong. Capable of taking quite large insects, this spider may be able to inflict bites which might lead to local pain and mild illness.

Naming

Karsch, 1878

Distribution

Throughout Australia and also known from New Guinea

Habitat

Often found on wattles and gums

Food

Insects

References:

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http://www.arachne.org.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=2144
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassArachnida
OrderAraneae
FamilyAraneidae
GenusSandalodes
SpeciesSandalodes scopifer
Photographed in
Australia