Name source
Australian Faunal Directory
Data links

Life Science Identifier (LSID):

LSIDs are persistent, location-independent,resource identifiers for uniquely naming biologically significant resources including species names, concepts, occurrences, genes or proteins, or data objects that encode information about them. To put it simply, LSIDs are a way to identify and locate pieces of biological information on the web.

Data Links


For a JSON view of this data, click here


To use WMS services, copy and paste the following GetCapabilities URL into your OGC client (e.g. uDIG, ESRI ArcGIS) keyserlingi
For higher taxa, this will give you a hierarchical listing of layers for each taxon.


To download an RDF/XML document for the concepts and names click here
A JSON view of this information is here here
A html view of this information is here here

Further details

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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Terrestrial Habitats

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St Andrew's Cross Spiders are named for their bright web decorations - zig-zag ribbons of bluish-white silk that form a full or partial cross through the centre of the orb web. The spider sits with its legs in pairs. In females, the carapace is silvery and the abdomen is banded with silver, yellow, red and black above and two longitudinal yellow stripes below. ... source: Australian Biological Resources Study - Species Bank

St Andrew's Cross Spiders are named for the bluish-white cross-shaped pattern of silk through the centre of the web resembling the St Andrew's cross on the Scottish flag. Females have a silver, yellow, red and black banded upper abdomen with two longitudinal yellow stripes below. The spider sits with the legs in pairs. ... source: OZ Animals

Online resources

Aussie Creatures
Images, Occurrence record
Australian Biological Resources Study - Species Bank
Description, Distribution, Ecology, Threats
Citizen Science
Images, Occurrence record
Flickr EOL
Images, Occurrence record
Images of Flora and Fauna of 290 Leppitt Rd, Upper Beaconsfield
Images, Occurrence record
OZ Animals
Description, Distribution, Morphology, Habitat, Diet, Reproduction, Images, Occurrence record
Reference, Images, Occurrence record

Species Lists

Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – terrestrial invertebrates
Brief description: Yellow and brown stripes across abdomen, white cross in web.
Description : Abdomen with yellow and red-brown stripes across (female), or cream with a mottled brown pattern (male). Long legs. Body up to 4 mm long (male), 2 cm long (female).
Biology : St Andrew's Cross Spiders spin webs with a white, diagonal cross in the centre. They hang upside-down in the middle of the webs, placing two legs along each arm of the cross.
Habitat: Woodlands, heathlands, dry sclerophyll forests and urban gardens.
Native status: Native to Australia
Diet: Insects
Dangerous: Harmless. Local reaction if bitten (may include redness, swelling, burning or itching at site of bite).
Colours: grey white brown yellow red
Distribution: Eastern mainland Australia.
Habitat types: Terrestrial
Commercial species: False
Author credit: Catriona McPhee / Museum Victoria

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Argiope keyserlingi

Common Names

Common name Source
St. Andrews Cross Spider
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St Andrew's Cross Spider
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Working classification

Argiope keyserlingi  Recorded in Australia

Occurrence records

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Name references found in the Biodiversity Heritage Library

Name references found in the TROVE - NLA