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Deinopis subrufa.jpg
Deinopis subrufa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Superfamily: Deinopoidea
Family: Deinopidae
C. L. Koch, 1850
2 genera, 61 species

The spider family Deinopidae consists of stick-like elongate spiders that build unusual webs that they suspend between the front legs. When prey approaches, the spider will stretch the net to two or three times its relaxed size and propel itself onto the prey, entangling it in the web. Because of this, they are also called net-casting spiders. Their excellent night-vision adapted posterior median eyes allow them to cast this net over potential prey items. These eyes are so large in comparison to the other six eyes that the spider seems to have only two eyes.

The genus Deinopis is the best known in this family. Spiders in this genus are also called ogre-faced spiders, due to the imagined similarity between their appearance and that of the mythological creature, the ogre. It is distributed nearly worldwide in the tropics, from Australia to Africa and the Americas. In Florida, Deinopis often hangs upside-down from a silk line under palmetto fronds during the day. It emerges at night to practice its unusual prey capture method on invertebrate prey.

The genus Menneus is also known as "humped-back spider".

The entire family is cribellate.[2]


Two genera formerly included in this family, Avella O. P-Cambridge, 1877 and Avellopsis Purcell, 1904, are now placed in Menneus.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Currently valid spider genera and species", World Spider Catalog (Natural History Museum Bern), retrieved 2015-09-28 
  2. ^ Coddington, J.A. & Levi, H.W. (1991). Systematics and Evolution of Spiders (Araneae). Annu. Rev. Ecol. Syst. 22:565-592
  3. ^ "Gen. Menneus Simon, 1876", World Spider Catalog (Natural History Museum Bern), retrieved 2015-09-28 

External links[edit]

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12 news items

Microfinance Monitor
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:33:45 -0700

Last year, the Centre for animal taxonomy and ecology of Christ College, Irinjalakuda spotted 8 new species of spiders in the Parambikulam Tiger reserve belonging to the genus Deinopis of family Deinopidae, the genus Dolomedes coming under the family ...


Tue, 02 Dec 2014 19:45:00 -0800

Of the discoveries, Sudhikumar said, “A net-casting spider of Deinopis genus of family Deinopidae is the most interesting. This twig-like spider is well-camouflaged, and spins its web amid the first four legs, waiting patiently for the prey. When the ...

Harvard Gazette

Harvard Gazette
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0700

A cribellate orb-weaver of the family Deinopidae, also known as a net-casting spider, in its foraging position. These spiders build a web that is suspended between their front legs. The belief in a common origin behind orb-weaver spiders came largely ...
Daily Mail
Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:43:05 -0800

According to findings reported in the journal Naturwissenschaften, Monogolarachne closely resemble modern-day ogre-faced spiders, of the Deinopidae family. The spider was dug up at a site called Daohugou in Inner Mongolia that is filled with fossilised ...
Taipei Times
Sun, 24 Jul 2011 09:01:01 -0700

Hsu said the Deinopis genus of the Deinopidae family is quite rare, both in Taiwan and abroad. Because Deinopis are nocturnal and brown-colored, they are extremely difficult to notice when they hide amid trees in daytime, Hsu said, adding that to study ...
Clickblog.it (Blog)
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 05:02:37 -0700

Net-Casting Spider (Deinopidae) - DSC_8606 © Nicky Bay. Una tela lanciata come la rete da pesca, o l'arma segreta di un super (uomo)ragno, dallo Spider Net-Casting che apre questa segnalazione, specie notturna dalla tecnica di caccia alquanto ...
Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:27:45 -0700

它那细长的身体看起来像手杖可能容易被忽视,但是那令人害怕的脸部真不辜负它在妖面蛛科(Deinopidae)家族占有一席之地。幸运的是,这种生物给人类带来的唯一威胁可能就是噩梦,实际上,当你意识到它们看起来像乐队ZZ ...
Tue, 07 Feb 2012 19:34:29 -0800

一般印象中,蜘蛛是種既勤奮又懶惰的捕食者,牠們用心結好蜘蛛網後,便耐心等待獵物上門。但有種長相恐怖的「鬼面蜘蛛」(Deinopidae),卻是將蛛網結在前腳上,形成一個網袋,當獵物靠近時,牠們就會以「蓋布袋」的方式捕食。 ▽「鬼面蜘蛛」其實長得有點俏皮。

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