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Four jawed spider

Tetragnatha demissa


Body and head about 15mm; narrow abdomen; long fine pointy forelegs; some light wavy pattern down abdomen.


At night in darkness suburban hospital garden.


A common stretch spider in Eastern Australia. The male has a body length of 10 - 12 mm and the female 12-14 mm. The spider builds her web 1 - 1.5 m above the ground amongst grass and low vegetatation. She constructs white egg-sacs with a diameter of 5-6 mm that contains 50 - 60 eggs. Thanks to Dave (folicallychallenged) for ID.

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folicallychalled 8 years ago

Here is a super link for Australian spiders:

This is the tetragnatha page, check half way down for demissa.


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Thanks FC... I agree about the 'long jawed' group. I'll check it later.

folicallychalled 8 years ago

The second image showing the long jaws cries out Tetragnatha. A Google image search looks like Tetragnatha demissa. If not then very close.


Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jan 21, 2013
Submitted on Jan 23, 2013

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