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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Flexible-Legged Spider
Hygropoda prognathaThorell 1894
close-up of female

close-up of female carrying egg sac
Eye arrangement of
a Nursery Web Spider
(Eurychoera quadrimaculata).
Held under the palps
is the egg-case.
The last segments (tarsi) of the first, second and fourth legs are long and highly flexible.

Classification: Family Pisauridae, Nursery Web Spiders.
Habitat: Under leaves near ponds and mangrove swamps.
Female: 6-10 mm.
Male: 6-9 mm.
Distribution: Singapore.
Members of the Pisauridae family are large hunting spiders whose females carry their spherical egg-sacs under the jaws.

The egg-sac is eventually enclosed in a three-dimensional web, called the nursery web, in which the spiderlings will hatch.
close-up of female body
Dorsal view of female
  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