Bird-dung Crab Spider - Phrynarachne sp.


This page contains pictures and information about Bird-dung Crab Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 10mm
This crab spider is black and white colours that mimics bird-dung. There is another more common Bird-dropping Spider that mimics bird-dung as well. There are quite a lot of insects and spiders that mimic bird-dung. Why? We have the discussion in this page.
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The Bird-dung Crab Spiders build remarkable retreat by bending blade of long-tall grass to make a 360 degrees turn to create a room in which attached by sheet of white silk, leave a small opening as entrance.   
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This is a medium size Crab Spider. We found its once in Wishart near the Bulimba Creek on May 2010. 

1. Phrynarachne species - The Find-a-spider Guide for the Spiders of Southern Queensland, 2009
2. Spider in Australia - by Ramon Mascord, 1978, p28. 

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