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Sombrero spider (Stiphidion facetum)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
(unranked): Arachnomorpha
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneida
Family: Stiphidiidae
Scientific name; Stiphidion facetum
Common name: Sombrero spider

An Australian immigrant. with distinctive long branded legs and mottled abdomen. This spider is a fast running spider of the sheetweb family. It is common in wood sheds, clay banks and rocky overhangs. At present it is not found in the South Island. Named as its web looks like an upside down sombero. Body length 6m- 9 mm.

Notice the light transparent blue band around the edge of the cephalothorax. This is seen on this species..

The spider in this photo had an overall length of (including legs) 40 mm.


Male swollen palps


Very smal juvenile.




This species often when moving will anchor a silk thread. 


Small juvenile spider. On the enlarged version of this photo the blue band around the edge of the cephalothorax.can be seen. Click to enlarge.