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  Dome Web Spider (Cyrtophora moluccensis)





Dome Web Spider | Cyrtophora moluccensis photo
Dome Web spider under ceiling of patio.

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Dome Web Spider | Cyrtophora moluccensis photo
Dome Web spider egg sacs. This string of four sacs was produced by the spider above.

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Dome Web Spider | Cyrtophora moluccensis photo
In March the Dome Web spiderlings emerge from the egg sacs. From here they will disperse on the wind to find a new home for themselves.

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Dome Web Spider | Cyrtophora moluccensis photo
The female Dome Web Spider's work is done, the young have emerged to start a new generation. She hangs dead in her torn web.

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Dome Web Spider | Cyrtophora moluccensis photo
Cyrtophora Dome Web Spider web. The web is back lit by outdoor lamp. The egg sacs are in a line above the "dome" of the web.

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Dome Web Spider | Cyrtophora moluccensis photo
Dome Web spider in Lilly Pilly (Syzygium) bush. These spiders are one of the most commonly seen in Brisbane gardens where their tent shaped webs are often seen in low plants and bushes and around fences. They grow fairly large with a body length of about 25mm or more.

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Dome Web Spider | Cyrtophora moluccensis photo
Looks like a small Dome Web Spider?

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DOME WEB SPIDER FACTS

Description
The Dome Web Spider builds a dome shaped web that looks like a large inverted saucer with tangle of web above and below. The spider sits above the dome. The dome may be 50 cm in diameter. The body of the spider is black and white with rusty red stripes down the back. The head is grey and the legs are grey with black bands.

Size
2.5cm

Habitat
Spiders build their webs between the branches of low trees and shrubs

Food
insects caught in the tangled web

Notes
Bites from this spider may be painful because the fangs are long, but has no harmful symptoms. The spiders are not aggressive.



Classification
Class:Arachnida
Order:Araneomorphae
Family:Araneidae
Genus:Cyrtophora
Species:moluccensis
Common Name:Dome Web Spider

Relatives in same Genus
  Tent Web Spider (C. hirta)