Araneus bradleyi

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Araneus bradleyi
Araneus bradleyi - 17mm body length - 35mm entire length.jpg
Enamelled spider
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Family: Araneidae
Genus: Araneus
Species: A. bradleyi
Binomial name
Araneus bradleyi
(Keyserling, 1887)
Synonyms

Epeira bradleyi

Araneus bradleyi, known as the enamelled spider is a common Australian spider belonging to the family Araneidae. It occurs in Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, Australia.

Description and habit[edit]

The body length of males is 8 to 9 mm and females from 14 to 18 mm. The abdomen has an enamelled appearance which varies in different parts of the country. In some areas different forms appear side by side. Some are a pure jade colour. The egg sac is round in shape, flat on the bottom where it is fastened down, of red brown silk of a woolly appearance. The eggs are 1 mm in diameter, in a sticky mass.

The enamelled spider hunts in the web at night, and often retreats to surrounding vegetation in the day. Their prey is small flying insects caught in a sloping orb web, around one metre above ground level.

References[edit]

  • Australian Spiders in Colour - Ramon Mascord 1970 SBN 589 07065 7
  • Platnick, Norman I. (2009): The world spider catalog, version 9.5. American Museum of Natural History.