The Peacock Spider
In which the male dances and shows off his brilliantly-coloured abdomen to the female. The dances include whirring and tapping sounds. Each species has a unique mating performance to ensure the female selects the appropriate species and the best mate. Peacock spiders have become something of a YouTube sensation on the internet—see user Peacockspiderman on YouTube which is hosted by entomologist Jurgen Otto.
See more about the Common Peacock Spider
The Trapdoor Spider
These Mygalomorph are primitive spiders that use their fangs vertically and in parallel rather than pincer-like as in the Araneomorphs. Barbara Main has found that some trapdoor spiders can live for twenty years or more. But there are threats to their survival. One is that they do not survive in disturbed areas. Another is that many species have small distributions. Most trapdoor species it appears that the newly emerged spiderlings only move a short distance from the mother burrow initially and a female may remain in this area her entire life. The males vacate their burrow and search out females at the appropriate species-specific season.
See more about the endemic Porongurup Trapdoor Spider
The Assassin Spider
Which preys on other spiders by sneaking up on them. They are very cryptic: less than 5mm long, and they don’t look like a living creature, let alone a spider. To find them, an experienced arachnologist has to stare for long periods into a tray of leaf litter and look for movement. They were first named from fossils in Baltic amber, before living specimens were found in Madagascar. Now they are also known from Australia and South Africa; recent work has revealed six species occurring in WA.
Read more: https://library.dbca.wa.gov.au/static/FullTextFiles/070691.pdf
The Leaf-curling Spider
They sits unnoticed inside its curled leaf, with only its feet protruding slightly, testing the web for vibrations. Phryganoporus genus, which constructs a thick silken tube in low shrubs, is related to the Black House Spider (Badumna genus). These spiders do not produce sticky silk. Instead, they tangle the threads with special structures on the last legs and above the spinnerets.
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