a three-dimensional web with a tent in the centre and a funnel-like
retreat at one end. Hangs upside-down under the tent and escapes quickly
into the retreat when disturbed.
Family Psechridae, Psechrid Spiders.
Habitat: Mud wall flanking jungle
Female: 15-17 mm.
Male: 15-16 mm.
Distribution: Singapore, Malaysia,
are carried with the jaws of the mother.
Psechrids are long-legged spiders with cribellum and calamistrum.
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. The legs have three
claws and have a tuft of hairs under the third claw.
The two genera in the family can be distinguished by the markings
on the underside of the abdomen. In Psechrus, it has a white
line in the middle. In Fecenia, the underside of the abdomen
has a dark band which is constricted in the centre by a pair of white
of a female Fecenia macilenta,
showing the pattern and the cribellum (arrowed)