These large spiders have large chelicerae and an enlarged abdomen, and typically their legs are banded. They occur in leaf litter and under loose bark in natural habitats; a few species invade buildings.

Black house spider, Badumna insignis Males are 8-10 mm long and females are 15-18 mm long. The female is dark brown to black and the abdomen is mottled with light markings. Legs are black and banded at the segment joints. The web is a mat with a round entrance to the retreat. Natural habitats for this species include ground litter and under tree bark. In the urban environment they occur in sheds, outdoor toilets, under guttering and in various habitats indoors. This species occurs in urban and rural areas in Australia.

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