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Linyphiid species

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Linyphiid species (QM)
(this identification is tentative at the present time)
Body length:
female: 3.5 mm
male: about 4 mm
In small tangled webs in low shrubs or tall grasses along the edges of fresh water ponds; webs may be present in such a large numbers they are almost continuous
Not naturally aggressive and much too small to be able to cause human illness
Linyphiid species
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In its web
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The web
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A 'colonial' web?

Some linyphiid species, including this one, build small, tent-like webs associated with green vegetation. This particular species has its 'tent' in the centre of a lacy ball of webbing. In addition, one of the images included on this page is a mass of individual webs (photographed in Australia) each of which are similar to those shown on the internet for the American linyphiid, Frontinella pyramitela, by Henderson State University. In both cases these webs are cup-shaped with some anchoring threads on the underside. Note that the massed web photo shown on this page was not made by either Frontinella pyramitela or the linyphiid species shown in the other photos above. However, The construction of a dense 'colony' of webs of this type is not uncommon among the Linyphiinae.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some small araneid and theridiid species.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 27 November 2012.