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Araneus praesignis

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Species:
Araneus praesignis (RM)
Previous species name:
Eriophora praesignis as shown by T. Hawkeswood
Family:
Araneidae
Body length:
female: about 8 mm
male: about 6 mm
Habitat:
This species builds an orb web in green shrubs and a retreat formed from a curved green leaf
Toxicity:
Probably not hazardous to humans
Araneus praesignis
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With its retreat
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Rear view
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Underneath female
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Mature male

The most distinctive features of this spider are the markings on its dorsal abdomen and especially the pair of false eyes at the rear of its abdomen, these presumably being intended to deceive potential predators into thinking it is a more dangerous kind of animal or at least a spider that is well aware of their approach.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: None.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 29 March 2019.