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Bolas spider

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Species:
Ordgarius furcatus (RM, Platnick)
Previous species name:
Dicrostichus furcatus
Family:
Araneidae
formerly Argiopidae
Body length:
female: 12 mm
male: 2 mm
Habitat:
This spider may establish its web under branches of trees or tall shrubs but also likes the undersides of tank stands and the roofs of open sheds
Toxicity:
Unknown; this is a timid species so bitings are very rare
Ordgarius furcatus
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Side view
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Preserved
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Its egg sacs
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More egg sacs

The lacy white surface markings on the abdomen of this spider are distinctive. Also very useful for identification purposes are the egg sacs. These are very large (about 5 cm long) and spindle-shaped, and hang in groups of about five from bases that resemble the root system of a tree.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Ordgarius magnificus and Eriophora transmarina.



Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 21 June 2008.