Dolophones conifera, aka the Wrap-around spider

Dolophones conifera, known as the Wrap-around spider, is a species of spider in the family Araneidae indigenous to Australia. It is named for its ability to flatten and wrap its body around tree limbs as camouflage. The upper surface of the abdomen resembles a cone shaped shield. It is composed mostly of a series of roughly circular discs each with a small slit in the centre. The lower surface of the abdomen is curved. These spiders rest during the day and build large vertical orb webs at night.

It is found in Western Australia along with several other species from the genus Dolophones, and was first described in 1886.

 Photo: Robert Whyte

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