Long-jawed Orb Weaver

Sadly, I can’t narrow this down past the family Tetragnatha, but it’s definitely a long-jawed orb weaver spider.

The long-jawed orb weavers are notable first, ironically enough, for their immense forelegs, which they hold stretched out in front of them, giving the spider a very long profile. It uses these forelegs to grab prey.

Secondarily notable are the long jaws, which are actually relatively realistically sized on this female — the males have massive jaws longer than their heads. At less than two inches long including the legs, the whole spider is still relatively tiny, but it certainly doesn’t look it from this photo!

Long-jawed orb weavers generally live near water, and weave a spiral web with a hole in the center.

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