LEAF CURLING SPIDER

FACT FILE - 004

Family

Araneidae

Species

Phonognatha graeffei
(Keyserling, 1865)

Body Length

Female: 12mm
Male: 6mm

Habitat

Builds a partial orb web and suspends a dry curled leaf to the top of the web. The spider sits partially in the leaf with its front legsfeeling any movement of the web.

Toxicity

Unknown, but has a mildly painful bite.

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Photo: ┬ęShane Walker

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Curled leaf and partial orb web built on a wooden frame.

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Curled leaf retreat in middle of orb web.