Hackled orbweavers

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Hackled orbweavers

Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Arachnida
Order:Araneae
Suborder:Araneomorphae
Family:Uloboridae
Genera

Ariston
Astavakra
Conifaber
Daramulunia
Hyptiotes
Lubinella
Miagrammopes
Octonoba
Orinomana
Philoponella
Polenecia
Purumitra
Siratoba
Sybota
Tangaroa
Uloborus
Waitkera
Zosis

The hackled orbweavers (family Uloboridae) have the special distinction of being non-venomous spiders. They also have a special adaptation that enables them to 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 tends to ensnare prey. Hackled orbweaver webs often have a stabilimentum or zig-zag pattern through the center.

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