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________ ____________________________________________________ Arachnoids 14 Stretch Spiders

 

 

 

A picture containing flower

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STRETCH SPIDERS Tetragnatha sp. (f, m)

 

A picture containing flower

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STRETCH SPIDERS Tetragnatha sp. (f, m)

 

A close up of a flower

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STRETCH SPIDERS Tetragnatha sp. (f, m)

 

A close up of a flower

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STRETCH SPIDERS Tetragnatha sp. (f, m)

 

A close up of a flower

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STRETCH SPIDERS Tetragnatha sp. (f, m)

 

A close up of a flower

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STRETCH SPIDERS Tetragnatha sp. (f, m)

 

A close up of a flower

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STRETCH SPIDERS Tetragnatha sp. (f, m)

 

         There are six British species in the Tetragnatha genus of Stretch Spiders (Tegranathidae Long-jawed Orbweb Spiders), and the most likely candidate for these photographs is probably either T. monticola or T. extensa. As no yellow triangle is visible on the sternum the former seems most likely. Microscopic examination would be required to determine this identification unequivocally although there is probably enough detail visible in the photographs. The pair of spiders shown above are engaged in rather risky courtship behaviour but in this case the male (right) has an excellent strategy for surviving the encounter. He locks his jaws with those of the female, thus preventing her from envenomating and eating him!

 

 

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