White-tailed Spider

White-tailed Spider in a crack in a tree

What does it look like? The White-tailed Spider has a long cylindrical dark greyish body, with 2 pairs of greyish-white spots and large whitish tip on the abdomen, and reddish-brown pointed legs. Females are larger than males.

Where does it live? Found throughout southern Australia from south-eastern Qld, through NSW, Vic, Tas and SA to WA.

What are its habitats and habits? The White-tailed Spider mainly occurs in vegetated areas, including on trees, under logs, rocks and leaf litter, where it hunts at night, mainly for other spiders, but will readily enter houses. Bites can be painful, and accompanied by swelling, redness and itchiness, lasting up to 12 days. Bites can become infected with the bacteria Mycobacterium ulcerans, which causes tissue necrosis, but is incorrectly believed by many people to be caused by the venom itself.

Scientific Name: Lampona cylindrata

Size: TL 20mm