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Female Hyptiotes affinis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Superfamily: Uloboroidea
Family: Uloboridae
Genus: Hyptiotes
Walckenaer, 1837
15 species

Hyptiotes is a genus of spiders in the family Uloboridae.


Hyptiotes creates a triangular web and sits at a vertex until it detects vibrations that signify the collision of its prey. At this moment hyptiotes releases a coil of silk which it has held taut in such a manner that the tension of the web causes it to entangle the spider's prey. The spider then wraps its prey in special wrapping silk.[1]


  1. ^ David Attenborough, 2005, Life In the Undergrowth, Episode 3, 23 mins 15 secs ff. BBC Worldwide Limited