Getting to know spiders
by Kerri-Lee Harris
Spiders play crucial roles in our local ecosystems. There are about 10,000 species in Australia, one third of them identified to species level. And the Atlas of Life region has its fair share of these fascinating animals.
Many birds depend on spiders, for the silk they use in nest building, and for food. Kookaburras and other kingfishers, as well as many honeyeaters, consume large numbers of spiders, large and small. Many insects feast on spiders, including many wasp species. And, of course, spiders feast on insects ... and on other spiders.
Here are just a few of our local species:
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