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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Fighting Spider
Thiania bhamoensis Thorell 1887
 
close-up of powerfully built male
Male
Singapore children are familiar with the sparring behaviour between the males of this species. Females also fight each other, but the combat does not show the same degree of vigour as in the male-to-male fray. Classification: Family Salticidae, Jumping Spiders
Habitat: Garden and roadside hedges.
Distribution: Singapore (new record), Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar.
The spider builds a nest by binding two leaves together with vertical strands of silk, perpendicular to the leaf surfaces. It is not an active hunter, but tends to remain in wait near and in the nest for the prey to stray within leaping distance.
  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