Common Name and Latin Name
The Common Name and Latin Name are as follows:
Common Name (s): Jewel Spider, Spiny spider, Christmas
Latin Name: Austracantha minax
Jewel Spider identification - what does it look like?
They are a small spider with colourful shields on their
backs that can rage from red to yellow with black spines
How big is the Jewel Spider?
The size of the Jewel Spider ranges between 2mm to 6mm
in females and 2mm to 3mm in males.
Where does the Jewel Spider live, what is its habitat?
The Jewel spider can be found in Australia, Queensland
tropical rainforest habitats, they build orb webs about
a meter or two of the ground.
Facts and Information about
the Jewel Spider
Did you know the following facts
about the arachnid commonly known as the Jewel Spider?
- Fact One - They have the name Christmas spider as they are
normally seen in the summer months leading up to Christmas.
- Fact Two - They are very timid spiders and if they feel
threatened, they will retreat to the safety of a plant.
Classification of the Jewel Spider
Species of spiders are classified according to shared
physical characteristics. Spider taxonomy is the science
of finding, describing, classifying and naming organisms
in a hierarchical system. This method of classification
helps when a description of 40,000 spiders is required! The
organization of living things have seven major
categories: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family,
Genus, Species. The classification of the Jewel Spider
is as follows:
(Kingdom relates to the highest taxonomic group into
which organisms are grouped; one of five biological
categories: Monera or Protoctista or Plantae or Fungi or
(Phyla are groups of classes. A series of animals or
plants genetically connected with shared
characteristics. The second biggest grouping in
taxonomy. Arthropoda are jointed-foot invertebrates:
arachnids, crustaceans, insects etc
A Class is a taxonomic group containing one or more
orders. Arachnid consist of any of the
eight-legged creatures, including spiders and scorpions,
of the class Arachnida
A taxonomic order, within the class Arachnida (spiders)
The Subclass is nother taxonomic category below a class
and above an order which helps in the classification
Another taxonomic category below an order and above a
genus which helps in the classification process.
Another taxonomic category below a family and above
the level of species which helps in the classification
Species: A. minax
Specis is a taxonomic group whose members can
Spider Exterminators - Pest Control
Generally speaking, people do not like spiders
especially Jewel Spiders and most of all, do not want them in
their homes! There are many forms of pest control and
ways to exterminate spiders such as Jewel Spiders. There are
spider exterminators, services, spider zappers, spider
traps, spider repeller, spider catchers, spider traps
for the removal and extermination process. Advice is
available on subjects such as pest controls, pest
prevention, spider catchers, spider exterminators and
how to kill spiders like Jewel Spiders. Some people would like to
eliminate spiders from there homes completely, this can
be very difficult as an open window on a summers day
will allow spiders in, even opening your front door when
entering and leaving will allow pesky spiders in. It is
very easy to get rid of Jewel Spiders by catching them yourself.
Its best not to kill spiders as they are very important
in controlling the level of other insects that are