Lampona cylindrataCommon name: White-tailed spider

Meaning of name: Unknown.

Distribution: This spider is found across southern Australia.

Description: This spider has a body length of approximately 15 millimetres. The abdomen has a white spot at the end and two pairs of spots on the upper side.

Notes: White-tailed spiders don’t make a web but shelter under bark, rocks and leaves in the bush and around houses. They eat other spiders and prefer the black house spider.

The bites of white-tailed spiders can cause initial burning pain followed by swelling and itching at the site. Recent studies of people confirmed bitten by white-tailed spiders has shown no evidence that the spiders cause ulceration and necrotising arachnidism (a flesh-eating condition).

This spider was photographed in February.

References: Australian Museum http://www.amonline.net.au/White-tailed-Spider

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