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Linyphiidae Lepthyphantes sp.

Order: Araneae

Family: Linyphiidae (Sheet Web Spiders)

Subfamily: Linyphiinae

Genus: Lepthyphantes

This spider has eight eyes, but the posterior and anterior lateral eyes are so close together that they may be mistaken for two large eyes. The body is white and pale brown with a ring of darker spots. The abdomen has a pattern of connected darker spots. These spiders can be easily confused with Helophora sp. The legs are very long and thin, and have many relatively long spines. The body of the male is quite thin, the females are broader. The female is 3.5-4.0 mm and the male is 3.0-3.5 mm.

Bogs and wet meadows, sometimes deciduous and coniferous leaf litter.

Linyphiidae, Sheetweb Spiders, spin horizontal sheets of webbing, and hang underneath it. When prey walks across the sheet, the spider bites throught the sheet to catch the prey.

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Last updated 12/13/2004