Plesiothele fentoni Hickman, 1936

Lake Fenton trapdoor spider



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Hexathele fentoni Hickman, 1936


The genus Plesiothele was erected for Hexathele fentoni by (Raven, 1978).


Conservation Status

Last record: 1932?

Rediscovery date disputed: 1987 (TSMS, 2013); June 1995 (Turner, 1995); 1996 (Doran, 1996)



southern Tasmania, Australia


Biology & Ecology







Above: photograph of the Lake Fenton trapdoor spider (Plesiothele fentoni), taken by Marshal Hedin on 8 February 2017 at 12:25PM. Reproduced under CC BY-SA 2.0 license. Source: Wikimedia Commons.


Another photo of a live Lake Fenton trapdoor spider (Plesiothele fentoni) can be seen in (Gardner, 2022).



Original scientific description:

Hickman, Vernon Victor. (1936). A new mygalomorph spider belonging to the genus Hexathele Ausserer. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 1935: 131-137.


Other references:

Bryant, Sally L. and Jackson, J. (1999). Tasmania's Threatened Fauna Handbook: What, Where and How to Protect Tasmania's Threatened Animals. Threatened Species Unit, DPIWE, Hobart. [p. 303-306]

Doran, Niall. (2002). Lots of invertebrate news! Invertebrata:

Gardner, Angela. (2022). Web of mystery continues to unravel. Forest Practices News 15(2): 19.

Raven, Robert J. (1978). Systematics of the spider subfamily Hexathelinae (Dipluridae: Mygalomorphae: Arachnida). Australian Journal of Zoology Supplementary Series 26(65): 1-75.

Raven, Robert J. (1980). The evolution and biogeography of the mygalomorph spider family Hexathelidae (Araneae, Chelicerata). Journal of Arachnology 8: 251-266.

Taylor, Robert J. and Bryant, Sally L. (1997). Compilation of a list of threatened invertebrates: the Tasmanian experience. Memoirs of the Museum of Victoria 56(2): 605-609.

Threatened Species & Marine Section. (2013). Listing Statement for Plesiothele fentoni (Lake Fenton Trapdoor Spider). Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Tasmania. [automatic download]

Turner, Elizabeth. (1995). Rediscovery of the Lake Fenton Funnelweb. Invertebrata:


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