ANAPIDAE Tiny Orbweavers

Anapids are minute to tiny orb-weaving spiders, body length to 2mm, related to Symphytognathidae and Micropholcommatidae, found in many parts of the world, especially in the southern hemisphere, in leaf litter, under the bark of trees, or on small shrubs. They recently absorbed the obscure family Holarchaeidae. They emerge at night to spin a horizontal orb-web. Australian anapids are found in eastern and south-western Australia. The cephalothorax is raised and squarish at the front, with 6 or 8 eyes, the front row strongly downcurved. Many species have an obvious shell like abdomen with a dorsal and ventral scute, or large hardened plate. They are almost always overlooked because of their small size and secretive behaviour.

Chasmocephalon iluka Lamington National Park


Chasmocephalon iluka Lamington National Park
Photo: Barbara Baehr

Maxanapis burra (Forster, 1959)


From the Lamington National Park IBISCA project (Investigating the Biodiversity of Soil and Canopy Arthropods)

Maxanapis
Photo: Barbara Baehr

 
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