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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Common Garden Spider
Parawixia dehaani (Doleschall) 1859
 
close-up of brown decoratively marked female
One female form

close-up of greyish female with legs retracted
Another female form
Nocturnal. Feeds on moths. The vertical web has an open hub.

The spider hides underneath a leaf in the vegetation nearby during the day.
Classification: Family Araneidae, Orb-Web Spiders.
Habitat: Gardens, wasteland.
Female: 18-20 mm.
Distribution: Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, India, Japan.
When disturbed, it will drop to the ground and "play dead", with legs retracted and close to the body.
 
 
 
  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