Spotted Ground Swift Spider: How to Identify

The Spotted ground swift spider (Nyssus coloripes), more commonly known as the orange-legged swift spider in Australia, is a part of the Corinnidae family. It can also be identified by its other names: fleet-footed spider or painted swift spider. This species is found widely throughout both Australia and New Zealand.

Spotted ground swift spider
Swift ground spider. Photo credit: Christenson.

Spotted ground swift spider: Description

Distinguished by their orange legs, the Spotted ground swift spiders boast a striking black hue with white spots dotting most of its body. These arachnids usually measure an average length of 1/4 inch.

Distribution and habitat of the Spotted ground swift spider

Originating from Australia, the orange-legged swift spider had spread to New Zealand by 1943 and is now worldwide. The creature can often be noticed lurking in homes or short grasslands throughout New Zealand.

Hunting technique of the Spotted ground swift spider.

In contrast to many of its nocturnal relatives, the orange-legged swift spider is active during daylight hours. While it does weave webs for trapping unsuspecting prey, these arachnids can also hunt without relying on their silken snares.

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Dennis V. Gilmore Jr.

Dennis V. Gilmore Jr. is a former Marine Sergeant and the author of several books, including two on night hunting coyotes and red and gray fox. He has written several hundred articles on predator hunting for

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