Caves attract spiders of many different families. Whereas many use the cave for shelter and for breeding, others can only survive there (i.e. they are troglobites).

 This ctenid spider, Bengalla bertmaini, is found only in caves of the Cape Range. We can tell it is troglobitic because it has no eyes.


06 Bengalla sp. troglobite

Also a troglobite collected from a Cape Range cave, this specimen may be a new species of the genus Bengalla.

07 Cindy yanchep Pholcus phalangioides skull or cellar spider

The skull or cellar spider (Pholcus phalangioides), photographed at Yanchep.


08 Pholcus phalangioides

Pholcus phalangioides in a cave with its egg sack.

09 Baiami volucripes Male Tp SH enhanced

Baiami volucripes in a cave near Cervantes. Note the palps or ‘boxing gloves’ which tell us this is a male specimen.


10 YN126 Spider BDeWaele Pisaurid

Spider of the family Pisauridae in a Yanchep cave.


11 RAnderson Napiers 2013 13

Unidentified spider - cave in the Napier Range, West Kimberley.


12 RAnderson Napiers Uloborid

Family Uloboridae (?) - cave in the Napier Range, West Kimberley.


13 RAnderson Napiers Sparassidae

Family Sparassidae - cave in the Napier Range, West Kimberley.


14 RAnderson Napiers Miturgid Q

Family Miturgidae - cave in the Napier Range, West Kimberley.


15 CIndy millcave spiderbabies 1

Recently hatched spiderlings in a south-west cave.