General Description

Cephalothorax and legs red-brown, abdomen with an irregular creamy-yellow chevroned pattern on the upperside. Stout, oval-shaped abdomen with slender, long legs. Body of males to 5 mm, females to 8 mm long.


The leaf-curling spider is commonly found throughout southern Australia in open woodland and forest habitats as well as urban gardens. It normally uses a leaf in the centre of the web for protection, mainly from birds, but many other objects may be used as a shelter in the web including snail shells and old bus tickets. Large numbers of this spider may occur in a localised area; however, unlike the spiny spider, all webs are solitary. Food consists mainly of flying insects. Egg sacs are placed inside a folded leaf suspended some distance outside the main web.


Eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania.


Open woodland, forest habitats and urban gardens.

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