2009 Hyptiotes paradoxus

Spider of the Year 2009

The Triangle Spider

Hyptiotes paradoxus (C.L. Koch 1843)

Hyptiotes paradoxus

Hyptiotes paradoxus

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Almost everyone is familiar with the typical orb-web of the garden spider. It is also widely known that over millions of years nature has altered some organisms and their behaviours into sometimes quite bizarre forms. The spider of the year 2009 shows us how the classic spider web can be modified into an ingenious prey-capture device.

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