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Wrap-around spider

Dolophones sp.


A tricky little spider which I only noticed when it moved onto a green stem from a grey one. Strongly resembling a broken twig node it was about 8mm across it's body.


On twigs of Acacia mearnsii in a local nature reserve.


At last I found one of this genus. Unique to Australia.. 17 species listed on ALA but further documentation for most species named is scarce.

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33 Comments (1–25)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Thank you all so much :)

sunnyjosef 5 years ago

Great find Mark... Congrats!!

StephenSolomons 5 years ago

Wow Mark, What a beauty. Congratulations on the spotting of day

Awesome find Mark,amazing mimetism,congrats on the super well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 5 years ago

Congratulations mark!!Beautiful series!!!

Jae 5 years ago

Congrats on the well deserved SOTD, Mark.

Tom15 5 years ago

Nice one Mark it looks like a bump on the twig. Congrats on an interesting SOTD!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

A much-deserved SOTD. Nice one, Mark.

RiekoS 5 years ago

Congratulations! Very interesting.

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

What great camouflage; the fourth photo shows that so well. Congratulations!

CharliePrice 5 years ago

Just knew this little one was going to be a HIT ..Congrats :)

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Congratulations, Mark. Fourth photo is a killer.

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Congratulations Mark! A winner all the way.

LuisStevens 5 years ago

Amazing SOTD Mark!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

..added context pic #4.. thanks everyone for positive comments :-)

AshleyT 5 years ago

What a cute little spider! Congrats on sotd :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Wow thanks Yasser. This was a happy find and great entertainment. Like so many 'wanted' finds it made me laugh to see how small they really are. So much descriptive work remains to be done in this country.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

Congratulations Mark ! A brilliant specimen - perfectly camouflaged on a wattle branch..

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

Great images always! Congrats on SOTD!

SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

Wonderful SOTD! Congrats, Mark.

Yasser 5 years ago

Mark, these are fantastic shots of a fascinating spider. Thanks for all you do for the community and thanks for sharing this wonderful spotting. Congratulations on Spotting of the Day!


StephenSolomons 5 years ago

By the way Ron Atkinson was looking to add to his collections of images of spiders so if he doesn't have it he may enjoy getting a copy of the image. The further we share the images the less likely rare finds are to be lost

StephenSolomons 5 years ago

,Yeah Ron Atkinson (Find a Spider Guide) and Rob Whyte ( have both had emails from me and discussed spider ID. I have known Ron the longest

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Thanks guys. Stephen I noticed your on ALA.. did you get the ID from 'Find-a-spider' man?

StephenSolomons 5 years ago

A lot of these seem to be unknown as far as species.Very nice spotting mate!

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 19, 2014
Submitted on Nov 19, 2014

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