Animal Species:Whip Spider

Whip Spiders get their name from their elongate, worm-like body shape.

Standard Common Name

Whip Spider

Identification

Whip Spiders get their name from their elongate, worm-like body shape.

Size range

20 mm long, 1 mm wide

Habitat

Whip Spiders are common in forest habitats and can readily be seen in gardens on summer nights, suspended on delicate silk lines in spaces among shrubbery.

Feeding and Diet

Whip Spiders specialise in feeding on wandering spiders, usually juveniles. The spider sits at the top of a few long silk threads that run downs below it among foliage. When a wandering spider walks up one of these handy silk `bridges' it gets a nasty surprise. The waiting Whip Spider uses toothed bristles on the end segment of the last leg to comb out swathes of entangling sticky silk from its spinnerets. These rapidly entangle the struggling victim so that it cannot escape.

Classification

Species:
colubrinus
Genus:
Argyrodes
Family:
Theridiidae
Superfamily:
Araneoidea
Order:
Araneae
Class:
Arachnida
Phylum:
Arthropoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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Dr Mike Gray
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