Arbanitis longipes 'Longlegged' Trapdoor Spider

A large spider with no door to its burrow found in exposed slopes with little leaf litter in South East Queensland.It is recognised by golden hairs on the head. Males have relatively long thin legs and spines on the first leg as protection during mating. Burrows of females, 40cm deep, are found in exposed areas with little leaf cover. Burrows of juveniles may be found clustered within 30cm of a larger burrow, presumably their mother's. This spider cannot climb smooth vertical surfaces. In the literature this spider was supposedly from Bowen but never found there, the location recorded incorrectly. In 1988 recognised Dr Robert Raven of Queensland Museum recognised the Hamburg holotype as a common spider in South East Queensland .♀ 25mm ♂ 25mm

Female, from above

Photo: Robert Raven

Female Mudgeeraba Gold Coast hinterland

Mygalomorphae Idiopidae Arbanitis longipes
Photo: Jürgen Haider

Female In silk-lined burrow entrance, Mt Glorious

Mygalomorphae Idiopidae Arbanitis longipes
Photo: Dr Greg Anderson

Koch & Keyserling (Die Arachniden Australiens)

Mygalomorphae Idiopidae Arbanitis longipes
Illustration in Koch & Keyserling (Die Arachniden Australiens)


  • Raven & Wishart 2005 - Raven, R.J. & Wishart, G. 2005 12 31: The trapdoor spider Arbanitis L. Koch (Idiopidae:
    Mygalomorphae) in Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 51(2): 531-557.
    Brisbane. ISSN 0079-8835.

View My Stats