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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Big-jawed Spiders

Family Tetragnathidae

This is a family in the superfamily Araneoidea. The familiar Golden Web Spider (Nephila sp.) used to be grouped under this family, but is now split into its own family (Nephilidae)[1].

One genus in this family is the Leucauges (Leucauge sp.), which is characterised by an abdomen that protrudes above the head and long front legs. The webs are typically horizontal or angled, hardly vertical. The spider hangs upside down on the web.

Silver Leucauge Leucauge argentina
Leucauge celebesiana
Decorative Leucauge Leucauge decorata
Leucauge fibulata
Mesida gemmea
Opadometa fastigata
Opadometa grata
Tetragnatha chauliodus
Tetragnatha hirashimai
Mangrove Big-jawed Spider Tetragnatha josephi
Common Big-jawed Spider Tetragnatha mandibulata
Tetragnatha maxillosa
Tetragnatha serra
Striated Tylorida Tylorida striata
Big-bellied Tylorida Tylorida ventralis


Decorative Leucauge at Chestnut Area ©Eddy Lee


Reference
[1] http://tolweb.org/Tetragnathidae/2799

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