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ASDP ArachnidaAustralian Golden Orb-Weaving Spider Banded Garden Spider Desert Scorpion Green Lynx Spider Longtailed Orb-weaving Spider Longtailed Orb-weaving Spider with Prey Three-pointed Novakiella Wrap-around Spider

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The Dolophones is a genus of orb-weaver spiders in the family Araneidae (formerly Argiopidae). They have the common name of Wrap-around Spiders.

The abdomen of these spiders is concaved, curved in such a way that when the spider rests on a twig, it appears to have wrapped itself around the twig. Their colouration provides perfect camouflage when observed against a twig.

Wrap-around Spider (Dolophones sp), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Wrap-around Spider (Dolophones sp), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Wrap-around Spider (Dolophones sp), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
The back view of the Wrap-around Spider (Dolophones sp), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Wrap-around Spider (Dolophones sp), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Wrap-around Spider (Dolophones sp), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Wrap-around Spider (Dolophones sp), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Wrap-around Spider (Dolophones sp), Alice Springs Desert Park NT

This spider was observed moving rapidly along the courtyard at the desert park, and then hopped onto the twig provided (so we could move it to safety).

Wrap-around Spider (Dolophones sp), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Wrap-around Spider (Dolophones sp), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Wrap-around Spider (Dolophones sp), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Wrap-around Spider (Dolophones sp), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Wrap-around Spider (Dolophones sp), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Wrap-around Spider (Dolophones sp), Alice Springs Desert Park NT

Check out some of the amazing photographs of this genus from our contributor Michael Doe – Dolophones sp.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Chelicerata
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Infraorder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Araneidae
  • Genus: Dolophones

Footnote & References

  1. Dolophones Walckenaer, 1837, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/f8cbf0cc-77dd-4bf9-b0b1-41a0f42f31ec
  2. Warp-around Spiders – genus Dolophones, Brisbane Insects and Spiders, https://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_orbweavers/Dolophones.htm
  3. Dolophones sp, Arachne.org.au, https://www.arachne.org.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=1781 (this site is no longer active. Some content can be viewed on Wayback Machine)
  4. Elusive ‘Wrap-Around Spiders’ Seamlessly Camouflage Into Their Surroundings, by Jessica Stewart, 26 June 2018, My Modern Met, https://mymodernmet.com/wrap-around-spiders-dolophones/

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