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Cyclosa insulana  Costa, 1834
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Arachnida / Araneae / Araneidae
Island Cyclosa Spider     Maltese name not known
Further Information:
"The colour of this spider can be variable. Its cylindrical abdomen has a tail-like extension, flanked by two lateral humps. Females are larger and bulkier, measuring between 7-11 mm, while males are 4-6 mm in length. Cyclosa spiders can be easily recognised by the characteristic U-shaped demarcation between the raised ""head"" and the flat thoracic region.

Spiders of the genus Cyclosa decorate their vertical orb-webs with remains of insects bound like sacks in silk. The spider remains motionless assuming the same shape of the debris hence camouflaging itself as lifeless debris on the web.

Distribution of this species is from the Mediteranean to Middle East and Orient (eg: Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, China, Japan.) Also reported in Northern Australia."
















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