Here come the men!

We love receiving feedback from Spidentify’s users, and one of the biggest requests we’ve had since our release has been – well, more. More spiders, but also more images – especially of male and female pairs. It has long been our aim with Spidentify to be able to provide a suite of high quality images to help your identify your local spiders, but we were limited in how much space we could take up on your device. Well, not anymore!

 

With our latest birthday update, our high resolution images are now stored on the cloud (unless you choose otherwise). From now on, we’ll be adding new species and adding to our images much more frequently.

 

This week, we’ve added two brand new species of Jumping spider commonly found around the house, with photos of the male and female for each. Welcome the Shaggy Jumping Spider (Hypoblemum griseum) and Adanson’s Jumping Spider (Hasarius adansoni) to the Spidentify family (you can read more about these common visitors at our Minibeast Wildlife blog or, well, in the Spidentify app!).

He has legs for days and he's coming to a Spidentify near you! Meet the Shaggy Jumping Spider (Hypoblemum griseum).
He has legs for days and he’s coming to a Spidentify near you! Meet the Shaggy Jumping Spider (Hypoblemum griseum).

We’re also more adding photos to our existing species. Male Brush-footed Trapdoors (Idiommata spp.) are stunning spiders frequently covered in silver or gold hairs. Males are more commonly seen than females, as they leave their burrows to wander in search of a mate.

Who is this man's hairdresser? Put me in touch.
Who is this man’s hairdresser? Put me in touch.

Garden Orb-weavers (Eriophora spp.) are among the most common spiders throughout backyards across Australia. While the females build large, obvious webs at night and take up a lot of space, males are more often encountered hiding away during the day. Their spiny appearance can be alarming, but they are not considered dangerous to people. This update, we’ve added in the male Eriophora transmarina, a species common from central New South Wales up along the east coast and across the Top End.

He might look alarming, but the male Garden Orb-weaver is a harmless inhabitant of Australian gardens.

Fire up Spidentify to check out this week’s changes and new additions. If you have any feedback, you can email spidentify@minibeastwildlife.com.au, and remember to leave us a review on the App Store or Google Play!

 

Full changes this release:

  • New species:
    • Shaggy House Jumping Spider (Hypoblemum griseum)
    • Adanson’s House Jumping Spider (Hasarius adansoni)
  • Male images:
    • Striped Orb-weaver (Neoscona sp.
    • Wishbone Spider (Aname sp.)
    • Dark Spitting Spider (Dictis striatipes)
    • Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster)
    • Garden Orb-weaver (Eriophora transmarina)
    • Brush-footed Trapdoor (Idiommata sp.)
  • Ventral images: 
    • Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster)
  • Distributions:
    • Pointy Crab Spider (Runcinia acuminata) extended into NT
    • Garden Orb-weaver (Eriophora transmarina) extended into NT
  • Content changes:
    • Minor edits where some text was repeated

 

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