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Stick spider

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Species:
Argyrodes gracilis (RM, Platnick)
Previous species name:
Conopistha gracilis
Family:
Theridiidae
Body length:
female: 5 mm
male: 3.5 mm
Habitat:
On the edge of orb-weaver webs feeding on insects too small for the orb weaver to bother with
Toxicity:
Too small to harm a human
Argyrodes gracilis
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In its web

The shape of the abdomen with its midventral spinnerets and the tendency of the larger legs to be folded back over the body when the spider is at rest are characteristics of this species. Also normal for this kind of spider is the practice of scavenging on the edge of the webs of large orb-weaving spider species.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Argyrodes alannae and several other spider species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 14 July 2017.