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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Beccari's Tent Spider
Cyrtophora beccarii (Thorell) 1878
web showing silken tubeCrytophora spiders build what appears to be a three-dimensional irregular web. At the bottom of the irregular structure is a dome-shaped platform that is actually a non-adhesive orb-web with an exceptionally fine mesh.

Unlike the webs of other Crytophora spiders, the web of this spider is free of debris.

The spider hides in a silken tube in the centre of the web. Egg-sacs are lodged inside this tube.

For more about tiny spiders that live in their webs:
Spit-Faced Silver Spider (Argyrodes fissifrons)
Classification: Family Araneidae, Orb-Web Spiders.
Habitat: Vegetation in mangrove swamps; along tracks in rural settlements.
Female: 8-9 mm.
Distribution: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Papua New Guinea.
close-up of female with white abdomen
  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