Long-jawed orb weaver

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Long-jawed orb weaver
Metellina mengei (aka).jpg
Metellina mengei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Superfamily: Araneoidea
Family: Tetragnathidae
Menge, 1866
Genera

Leucauge
Meta
Mecynometa
Metellina
Pachygnatha
Tetragnatha
 many others

Diversity
52 genera, 955 species
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Tetragnatha sp.
Mating behaviour of Tetragnatha montana

The long-jawed orb weavers or long jawed spiders (family Tetragnathidae) are elongated spiders with long legs and chelicerae.

The spiders are orb web weavers, weaving small orb webs with an open hub and few, wide-set radii and spirals. The webs have no signal line and no retreat. Some species are often found in long vegetation near water.

The genus Nephila, or golden silk orb-weavers, named after the golden tint of their silk, has been separated into its own family, Nephilidae.

Systematics[edit]

The categorization into subfamilies follows Joel Hallan's Biology Catalog.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Chickering, A.M. (1963). The Male of Mecynometa globosa (O. P.-Cambridge) (Araneae, Argiopidae). Psyche 70:180-183. PDF

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