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Argiope extensa

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Argiope extensa (RM)
formerly Argiopidae

Note that in some countries this or a similar species is known as Tetragnatha extensa and may be placed under either the Argiopidae or the Tetragnathidae family name!
Body length:
female: 10 mm
male: probably about 5 mm
In a small web strung between branches or on fences and other man-made structures
Probably harmless to humans
Argiope extensa
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Egg sacs

The colouring and markings of this species are quite different from those of the much more common species, Argiope keyserlingi. Like other Argiope species this spider builds a stabilimentum into its web but this is often not the complete X shape and may be almost entirely absent.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Argiope protensa.

Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 6 December 2004.