Plesiothele fentoni Hickman, 1936

Lake Fenton trapdoor spider



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Hexathele fentoni Hickman, 1936; Plesiothele hickmani Hickman, 1935?


Conservation Status

Last record 1932?

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



Tasmania, Australia


Biology & Ecology










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:

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

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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