This subfamily is represented by Cyrtophora spp. in Australia, notably C. exanthematica, C. hirta and C. moluccensis. They build a variety of webs, C. hirta and C. moluccensis with a central peaked retreat above the main web, thus the name 'tent spiders. C. exanthematica builds a messy web that catches and binds falling leaves and other debris.


Cyrtobill spp. Small Tent-web Spiders
The described species of the genus Cyrtobill erected in 2009 by Framenau and Scharff, C. darwini is a small spider mainly in arid... 

Cyrtophora exanthematica

Cyrtophora exanthematica Doleschall, 1859 Double Tailed Tent Spider
An orb weaver that builds a complex web strung between the branches of shrubs. Females to around 10mm body length, males much small, to about 6mm body length. Colour can vary considerably, mostly brownish. The two blunt projections at the rear end of the abdomen give this spider its common name. 

Cyrtophora hirta

Cyrtophora hirta L. Koch, 1872 Russian Tent Spider
This spider is usually recognised by its cone-shaped tent web. It can be found in dry sclerophyl forests, often with large numbers of individual webs... 

Cyrtophora exanthematica

Cyrtophora moluccensis (Doleschall, 1857) Tent Spider)
Common in open woodland, parks and gardens in south east Queensland and coastal parts of Queensland, Northern Territory and northern Western... 

Cyrtophora parnasia

Cyrtophora parnasia L. Koch, 1872 Small Russian Tent Spider
A small orb weaver widespread in mostly dry forest and scrub in coastal areas. Very similar to Cyrtophora hirta the Russian Tent Spider perhaps with... 


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