Tree Water Spider

Dendrolycosa species, family Pisauridae

Tree Water Spider, Pisauridae, Dendrolycosa, web

Identification

Usually the web is seen and then the spider. Light coloured spider with dark band around edge of head and dark, bell-shaped mark in the middle of the body. Length: including legs, 3-4 centimetres.

Distribution

Coastal Queensland to Brisbane, often not near water. The spiders also occur in China and south-east Asia.

Web

Large scooped sheet extending from thick branches or trunk of small trees; the web spirals slightly into funnel in which the spider retreats against the stem.

Bite

Not known.

Notes

One of the two groups of Water spiders that are often found away from water.

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