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My 150th spotting :) I am a pathfinder now :) Had an amazing ride in Noah :) The body markings and texture of this spider provide some camouflage by mimicking the appearance of bird dung. This species of spider weaves simple inverted triangle shaped webs across plant leaves and stems. When a fly lands on the web, the line it is stuck to breaks at the outer end and falls, leaving the victim to hang vertically from the mid-line of the web.
Bird dung crab spiders recognized under the genus Phrynarachne are very rare in the group...Only 30 species are recognized as such spiders out of 41.253 species of spiders known globally. In India, they are known by only two endemic species namely P. tuberosa and P. peeliana
It sometimes sits on a small patch of white silk, which can be mistaken for the white stain caused by the bird-dung when it is splashed on the leaf. Some Phyrnarachne spiders emit a pronounced smell of faeces or urine. The sight and smell of bird-dropping may be a clever device to attract and ambush flies.
Spotted on Jul 1, 2013
Submitted on Jul 11, 2013
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