The Find-a-Spider Guide

The Find-a-Spider Guide    The Find-a-Spider Guide    The Find-a-Spider Guide    The Find-a-Spider Guide
Find a spider by...     common name     location       species       family       webs and egg sacs     photos

Deliochus species

Fact Box
Species:
Deliochus species (JS)
(possibly Deliochus pulcher)
Family:
Araneidae
formerly Tetragnathidae
Body length:
female: about 11 mm
male: about 5 mm
Habitat:
In a retreat formed by tying several green leaves together with silk
Toxicity:
Unknown so this spider probably should be handled with caution although Deliochus species are not normally aggressive towards humans
Deliochus species
Click to enlarge
Female from above
Click to enlarge
Another view
Click to enlarge
Female front view
Click to enlarge
The same species?

This spider is a relative of the common leaf-curling spider, Phonognatha graeffei, but is less common. The male is much smaller than the female and has reddish stripes along the upper surfaces of the abdomen which are not present on the female. It is sometimes found within the female's retreat.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Deliochus zelivera.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 27 February 2013.