Scientific Name: Thwaitesia argentiopunctata
Common Name(s): Sequined spider
Other Names: NA
Species: T. argentiopunctata (likely)
Distribution: All Australian States
Field Notes: Very small spider, builds a nocturnal web in twigs of suitable trees. M 3mm, F 4mm. Abdomen has false eye spots on rear end, looking to any approaching predators to have a second head there. The abdomen of this spider is covered in silver, red, black and gold sequin like coloured patches. Under a microscope they pulsate with the spiders heart beat.
A very small spider, 3-4 mm body.
Close up of abdomen, the large round black spots at the rear look very much like spider eyes.
This one escaped, I'll try for better shots when I get another.