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Wrap-around Spider 1 - Dolophones conifera


This page contains pictures and information about Warp-around Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 8mm
If this spider rests on a brown twig as it normally does, the spider is very hard to be noticed. This afternoon it (above picture) made a mistake. It rested on a green leaf and we easily noticed it. 
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The Warp-around spiders are so called because of their concave abdomen curved in such a way that when the spider rests on a twig, it fits well and wrap around the twig. The spiders are brown in colour and rest on twigs during the day. They build vertical orb web at night. 
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We found this species a few times. This spider is more common than the two other two Warp-around Spider species that we found in Brisbane. 
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1. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson 1969, p68.
2. Dolophones conifera - The Find-a-spider Guide for Australian Spiders, University of Southern Queensland, 2007. 
4. Australian Spiders in colour - Ramon Mascord, Reed Books Pty Ltd, 1970, p94.

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Last updated: October 18, 2009.