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Ordgarius

Ordgarius belongs to the genus of orb-weaver spiders having twelve species as of 2019. Ordgarius magnificus, or the magnificent spider, is the most prominent species of this genus.

Ordgarius

Spiders Belonging to this Genus

Magnificent spider (Ordgarius magnificus)Ordgarius hobsoni  Ordgarius acanthonotus  
Ordgarius bicolorOrdgarius clypeatus  Ordgarius ephippiatus
Ordgarius furcatusOrdgarius hexaspinusOrdgarius monstrosus
Ordgarius pustulosusOrdgarius sexspinosus

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: The female spiders are about 15 mm (0.59 inches) long while the males do not exceed 2 mm (09.07 inches) in length.

Scientific Classification

Color: The colors would vary from one species to the other. The magnificent spider has a white-creamy body with yellow and pink spots. In contrast, the ordgarius hobsoni has a brownish body.

Other Characteristic Features: No striking or highlighting feature of the spiders belonging to this genus has been noted. However, individual species would have specific identifying traits, like the magnificent spider has tubercles on their head. At the same time, the ordgarius hobsoni also have spiny projections.

Eggs

The egg sacs remain clustered in the brown egg sacs mostly kept amidst foliages. 

Spiderlings

Not much information has been obtained about the spiderlings, though like most other species they too live on their own after maturation.

The Web

Two spiders of this genus, namely, the Ordgarius magnificus and Ordgarius hobsoni, do not generally spin wheel-shaped or spiral webs like other members of the orb-weaver family. They are bolas spiders, capturing their prey by throwing or swinging a bolas (sticky blob attached to one end of a silken line) at them.

Are the Spiders of the Ordgarius Genus Venomous

There is not much detail about these spiders biting, though their venom is not harmless to humans.

Quick Facts

DistributionParts of Australia (Queensland and New South Wales) and Asia (India, Srilanka, Vietnam, Myanmar, Japan, Indonesia)
HabitatMostly in the forest areas
DietMostly insects; some of them particularly the bolas spiders would feed on moths, butterflies, beetle, and pests;
LifespanApproximately 1 year like most other orb-weavers

Did You Know

  • Arachnologist Eugen von Keyserling was the first to describe the genus in 1886.

Image Source: i.pinimg.com

Ordgarius belongs to the genus of orb-weaver spiders having twelve species as of 2019. Ordgarius magnificus, or the magnificent spider, is the most prominent species of this genus.

Ordgarius

Spiders Belonging to this Genus

Magnificent spider (Ordgarius magnificus)Ordgarius hobsoni  Ordgarius acanthonotus  
Ordgarius bicolorOrdgarius clypeatus  Ordgarius ephippiatus
Ordgarius furcatusOrdgarius hexaspinusOrdgarius monstrosus
Ordgarius pustulosusOrdgarius sexspinosus

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: The female spiders are about 15 mm (0.59 inches) long while the males do not exceed 2 mm (09.07 inches) in length.

Color: The colors would vary from one species to the other. The magnificent spider has a white-creamy body with yellow and pink spots. In contrast, the ordgarius hobsoni has a brownish body.

Other Characteristic Features: No striking or highlighting feature of the spiders belonging to this genus has been noted. However, individual species would have specific identifying traits, like the magnificent spider has tubercles on their head. At the same time, the ordgarius hobsoni also have spiny projections.

Eggs

The egg sacs remain clustered in the brown egg sacs mostly kept amidst foliages. 

Spiderlings

Not much information has been obtained about the spiderlings, though like most other species they too live on their own after maturation.

The Web

Two spiders of this genus, namely, the Ordgarius magnificus and Ordgarius hobsoni, do not generally spin wheel-shaped or spiral webs like other members of the orb-weaver family. They are bolas spiders, capturing their prey by throwing or swinging a bolas (sticky blob attached to one end of a silken line) at them.

Are the Spiders of the Ordgarius Genus Venomous

There is not much detail about these spiders biting, though their venom is not harmless to humans.

Quick Facts

DistributionParts of Australia (Queensland and New South Wales) and Asia (India, Srilanka, Vietnam, Myanmar, Japan, Indonesia)
HabitatMostly in the forest areas
DietMostly insects; some of them particularly the bolas spiders would feed on moths, butterflies, beetle, and pests;
LifespanApproximately 1 year like most other orb-weavers

Did You Know

  • Arachnologist Eugen von Keyserling was the first to describe the genus in 1886.

Image Source: i.pinimg.com

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