Long-jawed orb weaver

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Long-jawed orb weaver
Metellina mengei (aka).jpg
Metellina mengei
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Tetragnathidae
Menge, 1866

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52 genera, 955 species
Female Tetragnatha montana, in Oxfordshire
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 categorization into subfamilies follows Joel Hallan's Biology Catalog.

See also[edit]


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

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