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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Whip Spider
Argyrodes flagellum (Doleschall) 1857
 
close-up of spider mimicking a bit of tendril
Female
Does not live as a commensal in the webs of other spides. Builds its own web, which is a simple Y-shaped structure. Classification:Family Theridiidae, Comb-Footed Spiders.
Habitat: Low vegetation in mangrove swamps.
Female: 5 mm.
Male: 3.5 mm.
Distribution: Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka.
Most members of the family Theridiidae have a "comb" of serrated bristles on the last segment (tarsus) of the fourth leg.
The comb helps to draw sticky threads of silk from the spinnerets to wrap any prey caught in the web. When the victim is securely enveloped in silk, the spider will then approach it and bite through the silky bundle, extinguishing any further signs of struggle.
  From "A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders" by Joseph K. H. Koh
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by British Petroleum
© 2000 Joseph K H Koh