Tree Water Spider

Dendrolycosa icadia, family Pisauridae

Tree Water Spider, Pisauridae, Dendrolycosa icadia, web


Usually the web is seen and then the spider. Light coloured spider with dark band around edge of head and dark, bell-shaped mark in the middle of the body. Length: including legs, 3-4 centimetres.


Coastal Queensland to Brisbane, often not near water. The spiders also occur in China and south-east Asia.


Large scooped sheet extending from thick branches or trunk of small trees; the web spirals slightly into funnel in which the spider retreats against the stem.


Not known.


One of the two groups of Water spiders that are often found away from water.

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