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Elected representatives in government are in charge of the policy and funding that can make or break saving threatened species. Their decisions and actions matter.

O'Connor has or used to have 41 threatened animals within its boundaries. One of them is me, the Shield-backed Trapdoor Spider.

We took care to attach appropriate images that are as close to representative of each species as our resources and the availability of images allowed. However, we could not ensure perfect accuracy in every case. Some images show species that share the same genus but not at the species or subspecies level.

Photo of Shield-backed Trapdoor Spider

Shield-backed Trapdoor Spider

Idiosoma nigrum

Status: Vulnerable

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) lists threatened species under six categories:
Extinct, Extinct in the wild, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Conservation dependent. Read more about these categories

Idiosoma nigrum is found across 3 electorates.

The Shield-backed Trapdoor SpiderĀ isĀ dark brown to black, large and with a distinctive thick and hard cuticle on the abdomen. The end of the abdomen is flattened into a shield and the sides are deeply corrugated. The burrows always have a lightweight, leaf litter and silk door, with leaf and twig trip-lines fanning out from the centre of the front of the burrow rim.¹

Explore more about this species on the Atlas of Living Australia

Adverse fire regimesAdverse fire regimes

Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradationHabitat loss, fragmentation and degradation

Explore more about the threats facing species on our Resources page.

O'Connor has or used to have 171 threatened plants found within its boundaries. Some of these might not be as photogenic as the Shield-backed Trapdoor Spider but they're just as important.

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