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  • other strange spiders of the mangroves: info fact sheet, photo
    Status in Singapore Common in vegetation in mangrove swamps and along rural settlements World distribution India Southeast Asia to Papua New Guinea Photo from Joseph K H Koh Classification Family Araneidae Orb Web Spiders The spider is nocturnal and during the day usually stays safe inside its silky hideaway Its white abdomen helps it blend in nicely with the white silken tube The eggcase is also safely tucked into this silken tube The web can range from tiny ones smaller than a fist to mediums sized ones each with its correspondingly sized silken tube The 3 D advantage Three dimensional webs work differently from flat orb webs Orb webs depend on sticky silk to entangle the prey which fly horizontally into the invisible trap In three dimensional webs the silk is not sticky Flying insects are knocked down by the vertical silk lines onto the horizontal platform where spider can run out to grab them One experiment suggests that while orb webs are not waterproof water droplets remain on the web three dimensional webs are and may thus be more durable in wet habitats Three dimensional webs take a long time to build sometimes up to several nights Those of the Red Tent Spider can be very large and complex with a delicate horizontal platform made up of fine regular netting The horizontal platform is often dome shaped Whip Spider Argyrodes flagellum This strange spider looks like a bit of tendril It has a long thin abdomen At rest it lines up its tiny thin legs to form a straight line Only when it moves does it become obvious that it s a spider These small superbly camouflaged spiders are understandably rather hard to spot But when you manage to spot one it is fascinating to watch Main features Long

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