Leaf curling Spider
Anterior
Ellura
Fat Orb Weaver
Pregnant, Front
 
    
Leaf curling Spider (Phonognatha graeffei)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Joint Leg (Arthropoda) - Spider, Scorpion, Mite & Tick (Arachnida)
Order: Spider (Araneae)
Family: Orb-weaver Spider (Araneidae)
Species: Leaf curling Spider (Phonognatha graeffei)
This Photo:     Ventral

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee) & in the Adelaide Hills
As the name suggests they curl up a leaf and dangle it in the middle of their web. Then sit with their legs on the web, waiting for vibrations from prey. They then dart out, snare it and bring it back to the leaf.

Copyright © 2016- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 26-May-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species