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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Double-Tailed Tent Spider
Cyrtophora exanthematica (Doleschall) 1859
 
close-up of female with legs retracted on egg sacThe spider can be recognised by the two blunt projections at the posterior end of the abdomen.



Female guarding
an egg sac
Classification: Family Araneidae, Orb-Web Spiders.
Habitat: On trees in shady wasteland.
Female: 9-11 mm.
Male:
3-4 mm.
Distribution:
Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, India, Northern Australia, Southern Japan.
Crytophora 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.

For more about tiny spiders that live in their webs:
Spit-Faced Silver Spider (Argyrodes fissifrons)
dome-shaped three dimensial web
Web of
Cyrtophora unicolor
  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