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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Golden Comb-Footed Spider
Chrysso sp.
close-up of female in web with egg sac
A female with
a bell-shaped egg-sac
The hairs on the tip of the abdomen are blade-like.

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.
Classification: Family Theridiidae, Comb-Footed Spiders.
Habitat: Foliage of wayside trees.
Female: 9 mm.
three-dimensional 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. The snare is an irregular three-dimensional structure.
  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