Leaf curling Spider
Anterior
Ellura
Bush Orb Weaver
Female, dorsal
 
                      
Leaf curling Spider (Phonognatha graeffei)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)
Order: Spiders (Araneae)
Family: Orb-weaver Spider (Orb: Araneidae)
Species: Leaf curling Spider (Phonognatha graeffei)
This Photo:     Ventral

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
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 © 2016-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 26-May-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.