Australian Museum Journal Occasional notes. No. II. Ova-sacs of Arachnura trilobata, Urq.

Shortform:
Rainbow, 1916, Rec. Aust. Mus. 11(3): 65–66
Author(s):
Rainbow, W. J.
Year published:
1916
Title:
Occasional notes. No. II. Ova-sacs of Arachnura trilobata, Urq.
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
11
Issue:
3
Start page:
65
End page:
66
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.11.1916.910
Language:
English
Plates:
plate xvii
Date published:
01 July 1916
Cover date:
01 July 1916
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ARACHNIDA; NEW ZEALAND; ECOLOGY, TERRESTRIAL
Digitized:
27 October 2008
Available online:
16 December 2008
Reference number:
910
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (96kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (780kb PDF)

Abstract

In the early part of May of this year, Mr. W. F. Howlett, of Eketahuma, New Zealand, presented to the Trustees of this Museum, a spray, measuring about 10 inches in length, containing a large series of cocoons or ova-sacs of a spider, Arachnura trilibata[sic—Editor, Nov. 2008], Urq., which species occurs also in Tasmania.

In his letter, dated May 2, 1916, Mr. Howlett says:— "A friend handed me enclosed, apparently the egg-cocoons of a social spider… He says the spiders have all gone away now … I opened one cocoon and found it full of well developed spiders … My friend says the spiders had a very large web 'right across the track.'" In a further letter, dated June 2, 1916, Mr. Howlett says :— "It is 'social,' and of course makes geometric webs."

The species is described by Urquhart as being 9.5 mm. long in the female, and 5 mm. in the male. …

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