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Long-jawed spider

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Species:
Tetragnatha demissa (RM)
Family:
Tetragnathidae
Body length:
female: 15 mm
male: 11 mm
Habitat:
This species typically builds a small roughly circular web in green shrubs, especially near water courses, but may also be found lying along dead twigs or strands of fencing wire with not much webbing present
Toxicity:
Uncertain; this is not an aggressive spider despite the fearsome appearance of the palps
Tetragnatha demissa
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An active female
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In its web
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Juvenile female
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Under female

These spiders have very long, slender legs that are often arranged fore and aft along wires or branches when the spiders are resting. The palps are unusually large and often have bizarre shapes.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Tetragnatha bituberculata and other Tetragnatha species.



Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 22 May 2010.