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- Image: Malcolm Tattersall
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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    colubrinus
    Genus
    Argyrodes
    Family
    Theridiidae
    Super Family
    Araneoidea
    Order
    Araneae
    Class
    Arachnida
    Phylum
    Arthropoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    20 mm long, 1 mm wide

Introduction

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

Identification

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

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.

Distribution



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.