Commonly known as the Hackled Orbweavers, belonging to the family Uloboridae, this family of spiders are also known as Cribellate Orb Weavers.
All members of this family of arachnids produce a feathery, fuzzy silk called cribellate (or hackled) silk. These spiders do not use an adhesive on their orb webs, but rather the very fine fibers on each strand of silk tend to ensnare prey. Uloboridae webs often have a stabilimentum or zig-zag pattern through the center.1
This family is found almost worldwide, with some genera found in Oceania, New Zealand and Australia. Oceania and Australia genera include:
Check out the feathery, fuzzy silk called cribellate (or hackled) silk, and the stabilimentum, an almost zig-zag pattern through the centre.
- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Subphylum: Chelicerata
- Class: Arachnida
- Order: Araneae
- Infraorder: Araneomorphae
- Family: Uloboridae
19 genera, 337 species
Footnote & References
- Uloboridae, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uloboridae (last visited Apr. 12, 2022)
- Uloboridae Thorell, 1869, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:a2f04f34-0217-4db9-ac63-cf54e4923df0