Red-headed Mouse Spider

The Red-headed Mouse Spider (Missulena occatoria) is a species of arachnid found throughout Australia. Its habitat is anything from open forests to desert shrublands. It is the most widely distributed species of Missulena, mainly because the spiderlings are wind-dispersed. This normally occurs with araneomorph spiders (mygalomorph spiders usually disperse by walking).

This is the largest species of Missulena. The female grows to about 1 inch long, while the male is usually half that size. The female is black with a reddish tinge. The male has a bright red head and jaw, and a metallic blue-black abdomen.

This spider burrows under ground up to 22 inches deep, with two trap doors.

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