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Deinopidae

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Taken at night in Singapore forest. For those who are unfamiliar with this cool spider... check out the video link www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ehjos… @2.00

The spider family Deinopidae consists of stick-like elongate spiders that build unusual webs that they suspend between the front legs. When prey approaches, the spider will stretch the net to two or three times its relaxed size and propel itself onto the prey, entangling it in the web. Because of this, they are also called net-casting spiders. Their excellent night-vision adapted posterior median eyes allow them to cast this net over potential prey items. These eyes are so large in comparison to the other six eyes that the spider seems to have only two eyes.

The genus Deinopis is the best known in this family. Spiders in this genus are also called ogre-faced spiders, due to the imagined similarity between their appearance and that of the mythological creature, the ogre. It is distributed nearly worldwide in the tropics, from Australia to Africa and the Americas. In Florida, Deinopis often hangs upside-down from a silk line under palmetto fronds during the day. It emerges at night to practice its unusual prey capture method on invertebrate prey.

The genus Menneus is also known as "humped-back spider", and Avellopsis as "camel-backed spider".

The entire family is cribellate.
IMAGE DETAILS
Image size
960x640px 183.92 KB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/160 second
Aperture
F/16.0
Focal Length
100 mm
ISO Speed
250
Date Taken
Apr 18, 2014, 2:05:35 AM
Sensor Size
6mm
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KamoseHobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love these spiders.
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ShaunMichaelJones Traditional Artist
He looks very ancient and wise.
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Vrinda-the-WistfulHobbyist General Artist
Yikes!  You could anthropomorphize this something fierce!  :)
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Spider with arms . . right before bed. Shiver.
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i was just watching a documentary on them last night, fascinating spiders!
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MoonLanderTwoHobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work is amazing. I love the depth of field on this.( I hope that's the right term, I don't know photography.) I always look forward to your new deviations.
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RaymondEternalHobbyist General Artist
Amazing kind of Spider! Somehow Resembles a Zerg! Nice Shot :squee:
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Nice find! If I'm not mistaken, I'm pretty sure this is a male (note that the terminal segment of each pedipalp seems enlarged and slightly flattened like a mitten).
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TheFunnySpiderHobbyist Photographer
Now that one looks cool and a bit scary. :)
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CaelaSephyraHobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful photograph !
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SotografoProfessional Photographer
This is an amazing macro!
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ElephantAndSpyroFanStudent Photographer
So creepy... (in a good way :D). Very nice picture ^^
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raido-ehwazProfessional Photographer
Very haunting... Beautiful!
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ImPaintingWithMetalStudent Digital Artist
Im not a big fan of spiders but this looks awesome :)
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WoodswallowHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the link to the video - what fascinating creatures insects and spiders are :)
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SnowInHadesHobbyist General Artist
Fascinating YouTube clip and a wonderful photo.
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Thank you! :) :)
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SnowInHadesHobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :hug:
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