Story: Spiders and other arachnids

Sheet-web spider (1st of 2)

Sheet-web spider

The sheet-web spider does not have to raise its head and strike down at prey. It can grab prey trapped in a web by the sideways movement of its chelicerae (the appendages near its mouth).

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Simon Pollard, 'Spiders and other arachnids - Araneomorphs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2021)

Story by Simon Pollard, published 24 Sep 2007