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Leaf Curling Spider

Phonognatha graeffei


A spider web with a dry leaf retreat at the centre, the spider was carrying a prey. The spider has brown legs and brown thorax.


Dry area next to Perth.


The female spider build the retreat and egg-sac by curling dry leaf. They stay inside their retreat, put their forelegs on their web and sense if any prey come into their web. If disturbed, they quickly hide inside the retreat. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Subphylum: Chelicerata Class: Arachnida Order: Araneae Infraorder: Araneomorphae Family: Araneidae Genus: Phonognatha

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JordiPrats 8 months ago

Thanks for your comments Neil!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 months ago

Very interesting. Great spotting and notes, Jordi.

Spotted by

Western Australia, Australia

Lat: -31.72, Long: 116.11

Spotted on Apr 1, 2019
Submitted on Jun 8, 2019

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