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White Uloborid spider - Philoponella variabilis ?


This page contains pictures and information about White Uloborid spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 6mm
This is a smaller spider will creamy colour. They build small incomplete orb web, mostly horizontal, usually not as perfect as those built by spiders in other web building families
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They body shape and colours of this species is vary between individuals. 
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Like all other spiders in the Uloboridae family,  they are not venom. They capture prey only rely on wrapping by silk.
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Above pictures show a female with empty egg-sac and juveniles. All of the have the similar camouflaged colours. 
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Juveniles, body length 1mm 
Photos were taken on Oct 2009 near Buhot Creek in Daisy Hills.
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They build small incomplete orb web, mostly horizontal and a bit messy, not as perfect as those built by spiders in other web building families.  
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The spider and its egg-sac is very well camouflaged.  

1. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson 1969, p33, plate 17.
2. Philoponella variabilis or related species - Save Our Waterways Now. 

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Last updated: December 06, 2009.