Black Wishbone Spiders

Aname species

Wishbone spider, Nemesiidae, Aname

Identification

All black body with sheen of silver (males) or gold (females) on the head and black legs. Males have a long spine at the middle of the tibia (a thick joint) on the first leg and are quick to rise to the defensive pose.

Diversity & distribution

Found in drier parts of Australia.

16 species in Queensland, usually only one at any location.

Burrow

Open burrow, sometimes with leaves bound into the entrance or the entrance raised above the surface, often burrow direction is inclined. Usually at most 30-40 cm deep and silk-lined.

Bites

Bites from only one species (Aname inimica) have been of minor concern.

Similar Species

Sometimes confused with funnelwebs or trapdoor spiders.

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