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Leucauge venusta Kaldari 01.jpg
Orchard Spider (L. venusta)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Family: Tetragnathidae
Genus: Leucauge
White, 1841
165 species

Leucauge (loo-kah-gee) is a spider genus with pantropical distribution.

The body and leg shapes and the silver, black and yellow markings of Leucauge females make identification of the genus relatively easy. They have two rows of long, slender curved hairs on the femurs of the fourth leg. In most cases the web is slanted rather than vertical and the spider rests in the middle of the web with its underside facing upwards.

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Greek leukos means "white".


Further reading[edit]

  • Riparian insects and the diet of the riparian spider Leucauge celebisiana (Araneae: Tetragnathidae). PDF


  1. ^ Ashmole, P. & Ashmole, M. 2000. St Helena and Ascension Island: a natural history. Anthony Nelson, Oswestry. 492p.ISBN 0 904614 61 1.

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