resting position, the flattened lichen-coloured body is pressed against
the tree trunk, thus blending perfectly with the surrounding bark,
and casting little or no shadow to betray its presence.
Family Hersiliidae, Two-Tailed Spiders.
Habitat: Tree trunks in gardens
and jungle fringes.
Female: 8.5-10 mm.
Male: 6-8 mm.
almost exclusively on tree trunks or stone walls, they immobilise
their prey by spreading silk while jumping over and running around
alarmed, the spider erects its two long spinnerets and darts to the
opposite side of the tree with a movement so swift that all one can
see is an apparent blurring of a part of the bark.
Two of the spinneretes are disproportionately long and pointed, hence
the name "Two-Tailed Spiders". The head region is elevated
above the rest of the cephalothorax. The body is compressed and legs
are exceedingly long (except the third pair).
of a male