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Whip spider - Ariamnes colubrinus (Argyrodes colubrinus) 

Family Theridiidae

This page contains pictures and information about Whip Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 30mm
This spider is common in garden and bushes but not easily be noticed. The body is thin and long. The spider has relatively short legs and elongated abdomen. 
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At night it hangs on one or two dry silk between plants. It is believed that this spider trap the other species of male spiders for living. At day time it camouflages itself as small broken branch caught on spider silk.
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1. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson 1969, p72. 
2. Wildlife of Greater Brisbane - Queensland Museum 1995, p373. 
3. Australian Spiders in colour - Ramon Mascord, Reed Books Pty Ltd, 1970, p62
4. Whip spider - The Find-a-spider Guide for the Spiders of Southern Queensland, Dr Ron Atkinson, 2009. 

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Last updated: November 15, 2009.