Australian Tarantulas in Julatten

by on Jul.21, 2012, under Fauna, Information, Invertebrates, Media, Queensland

Australia’s largest spiders include the species Selenocosmia crassipes. This species is most often kept as a pet. However, many of the large pet shop spiders come from the north Queensland areas around the Cairns region and are incorrectly identified. They are likely to be un described species of the Asian genus Phlogiellus. Here is the burrow/tunnel webs system of a female. They are quite inoffensive to a point. In this region they associated with being under fallen timbers, that are largely undisturbed.


These spiders feed on invertebrates and sometimes small vertebrates. It is common to see Cane toads under the same logs and there seems to be a not predatory relationship.