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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Burmese Lynx Spider
Oxyopes birmanicus Thorell 1887
 
close-up of orange male
A young male adopting
a threat posture
They have keen eyesight and are agile hunters during the day, deftly leaping and running on low shrubs in active pursuit of their prey. Classification: Family Oxyopidae, Lynx Spiders.
Habitat: Shrubs in gardens and secondary forests.
Female: 7-9 mm.
Male: 6-7 mm.
Distribution: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar.
Lynx Spiders are easily recognised by their eye arrangement in which six of the eight eyes form a hexagon. Their long legs are armed with nearly erect spines.

The egg-sac is usually attached to a twig and is guarded by the mother until the spiderlings hatch.


A female Lynx Spider
(Tapponia sp.)
sitting on an egg-sac

Note the eye arrangement

close-up of female guarding egg sac
  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