Eastern Mouse Spider

Eastern Mouse Spider on a brown leaf looking toward the camera

What does it look like? The Eastern Mouse Spider is a stocky, uniformly black spider, with an enlarged cephalothorax and basal part of fangs, and males with a whitish or pale blue spot on the abdomen. Males are smaller, with comparatively longer legs, than females and only slightly swollen palps.

Where does it live? Found along coast and eastern slopes of eastern Australia.

What are its habitats and habits? The Eastern Mouse Spider occurs in forests and woodlands, where the female occupies a hole in the ground (with a trapdoor lid), while the male is most often encountered roaming in search of a mate. Prey animals include insects, other spiders, small lizards and frogs. Although the majority of bites do not result in significant envenomation, and generally only cause minor to moderate effects, including localised pain, swelling, burning and itchiness, severe envenomation has been recorded in a young child.

Scientific Name: Missulena bradleyi

Size: TL 25mm