General Description

Body colour brown to black. Small cephalothorax and large round abdomen, usually with a white crescent-shaped mark on top, sometimes followed by several white spots. The body shape is similar to a Redback Spider, but it lacks the red marking. Body up to 4 mm long (male), 1 cm long (female).


Brown House Spiders make a tangled web of sticky threads that attach to the ground or floor. One species has been introduced from New Zealand.


Mainland Australia and Tasmania.


Indoors in dark places or under furniture, outside in sheds, under pot plants or in rubbishy undisturbed areas.

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