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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Ogre-Faced Spider
Dinopis sp.
close-up of face showing large eyes
Face of a Dinopis spider
The Ogre-Faced Spiders are so called because of the grossly enlarged posterior median eyes. Classification: Family Dinopidae, Net-Casting Spiders.
Habitat: Bushes along jungle fringes.
Female: 13 mm.
The large eyes allow the spiders to see in darkness.
Nocturnal. Hangs upside down and holds an expandable net of sticky silk between the two front legs. When an insect passes below it, it stretches out the net, lunges downwards and flings the net over the prey.

These are large, slow-moving spiders with cribellum and calamistrum. The cribellum is a cigar-shaped plate on the underside of the abdomen, in front of the spinnerets. The upper margin of the second last segment (metatarsus) of the fourth leg is armed with a row of strongly curved spines known collectively as the calamistrum.
close-up of body from above
  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