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Big Jaw Orb Spider

Tetragnatha viridorufa


This is a nocturnal spider but instead of frequenting water it spins its webs among bushes in the jungle. It can be easily distinguished in field by the bright green of its lateral sides and reddish brown on the dorsum of abdomen. The characteristic coloration makes it well camouflaged in the leaves. Female is recognized by the presence of semicircular ridge between first dorsal and ventral spine. In male the first dorsal and sub apical spines are about of equal length. This is the only species of Tetragnatha that can be identified in field easily due to its characteristic coloration.


The first pic shows the male and female (one with a larger abdomen).and the 3rd pic taken 3 days later , female with egg sac.

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Atul 10 years ago

neither did i Satyen till i saw them. thank you

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Lovely find. Great details. I never knew they existed. Thanks for sharing.

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Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Jun 13, 2012
Submitted on Jun 22, 2012

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