Leaf Curling Spider
  Phonognatha graeffei
  Family: Tetragnathidae  ID: Keyserling, 1865
Leaf-curling Spider

Habitat and Biology
The leaf-curling spider is commonly found throughout southern Australia in open woodland and forest habitats as well as urban gardens. It normally uses a leaf in the centre of the web for protection, mainly from birds, but many other objects may be used as a shelter in the web including snail shells and old bus tickets. Large numbers of this spider may occur in a localised area; however, unlike the spiny spider, all webs are solitary. Food consists mainly of flying insects. Egg sacs are placed inside a folded leaf suspended some distance outside the main web.

Male: Similar to female.
Female: Cephalothorax and legs red-brown. Abdomen with an irregular creamy yellow chevroned pattern on the upperside.

Stout, oval-shaped abdomen with slender, long legs.

Body Length
Male: 5mm
Female: 8mm

Web type
Orb web with curled leaf or other retreat placed in the centre.

Bites from this spider are rare but may cause local reaction, including localised pain and swelling.

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