Dolophones conifera

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Wrap-around spider
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Araneidae
Genus: Dolophones
Species: D. conifera
Binomial name
Dolophones conifera
(Keyserling, 1886)[1]
Synonyms[1]
  • Tholia conifera Keyserling, 1886
Wrap-around Spider (Dolophones sp.)

Dolophones conifera, known as the Wrap-around spider,[2] is a species of spider in the family Araneidae indigenous to Australia.[1] It is named for its ability to flatten and wrap its body around tree limbs as camouflage.[2] It is found in Western Australia along with several other species from the genus Dolophones,[3] and was first described in 1886.[1][4]

Behavior[edit]

During the evening, D. conifera stay in webs, and during the day take up their characteristic camouflaged form on tree branches and trunks. They also travel along the ground.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Taxon details Dolophones conifera (Keyserling, 1886)". World Spider Catalog. Natural History Museum Bern. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Robert, Whyte; Anderson, Greg. "Dolophones conifera at Arachne.org.au". Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Harvey, Mark S.; Sampey, Alison; West, Paul L.J.; Waldock, Julianne M. (2000). "Araneomorph spiders from the southern Carnarvon Basin, Western Australia: a consideration of regional biogeographic relationships" (PDF). Records of the Western Australian Museum. Supplement No. 61: 295–321. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Keyserling, Eugen von; Koch, Ludwig (1886). Die Arachniden Australiens nach der Natur beschrieben und abgebildet. Nürnberg: Bauer & Raspe. ISBN 9783743392120. 
  5. ^ Robert, Whyte; Anderson, Greg (2000). "Araneomorph spiders from the southern Carnarvon Basin, Western Australia: a consideration of regional biogeographic relationships" (PDF). Records of the Western Australian Museum. 61: 301. Retrieved 21 June 2018.