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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Red Tent Spider
Cyrtophora unicolor
(Doleschall) 1857
 
close-up of colourful red female
Female
Hides in a curled leaf suspended in the centre of the web.

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.
Classification: Family Araneidae,
Orb-Web Spiders.
Habitat: Shrubs and trees in rural areas and jungle fringes.
Female: 17-20 mm.
Distribution:
Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, India, northern Australia, Japan.
dome-shaped three dimensional web
For more about tiny spiders that live in their webs:
Spit-Faced Silver Spider (Argyrodes fissifrons)
  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