Until recently Zoridae was its own family, sometimes called Wandering Ghost Spiders. The spiders In this group have been moved into Miturgidae in the subfamily Zorinae. Most former Zorids (Now Zorinines) superficially resemble Wolf Spiders, Pisaurids, or Ctenids. The subfamily is distinguished by the eye arrangement (4,2,2 from above) and long spiny hairs on their legs. Their legs tend to be somewhat longer and more tapered than wolf spiders and they do not two pairs of enlarged pair of eyes as wolf spiders do whose eyepattern is 2,2, then 4 (straight or downcurved small eyes) if looking forward from above. Some species have distinctive longitudinal markings on their upper surfaces. They do not build a burrow in the ground, having a web attached to a silken retreat among green leaves. They are mostly found in the Southern Hemisphere with the genus Zora being a notable exception. They are related to Ctenidae. Australia has most of the world's genera and many new species are being described.

Zoridae > Argoctenus sp.

Argoctenus sp Neds Corner VIC 3496
An undistinuished Zorid, not identified to species, probably undescribed, from Neds Corner VIC 3496 .  


Argoctenus sp Wandering Ghost Spider
Arcogtenus is a genus of Miturgidae Zorinae spiders with a distinctive white-edged black figure on the abdomen. Females grow to about 9mm, males to... 

Tibellus tenellus

Thasyraea ornata Koch, 1878
Long thought in this guide to be a similar spider in the Philodromidae Tibellus tenellus this specimen is in fact a Zorid. Thanks to Robert... 


Tuxoctenus mcdonaldae Raven, 2009 Aridlands Wandering Ghost Spider
An aridlands ground spider with a pair of longitudinal ridges of white or yellow hairs on an otherwise dark carapace and abdomen, found in most of... 


View My Stats