ARANEIDAE - BIRD DROPPING SPIDER

FACT FILE - 161

Family

Araneidae

Species

Celaenia excavata
(Koch, 1872)

Body Length

Female: 15mm
Male: 3mm

Habitat

Only the juvenile spiders build an orb web. Adult females sit on leaves mimicking bird droppings. They may hang from a single thread. The male is rarely seen.

ToxicityUnknown, but may cause mild illness if bitten. Non-aggressive.

 

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Female with egg sac. Photo: ©Kristi Ellingsen

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Female. Photo: ©Kristi Ellingsen

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Female. Photo: ©Kristi Ellingsen

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Female. Photo: ©Kristi Ellingsen

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Male.

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Male.

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Male. Facing view.

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Male. Rear view.