AppearanceThe female ''Parawixia dehaani'' is a large, dark brown spider with variable patterns on the abdomen. The most noticeable field characteristic is the triangular abdomen having corners with sharp spikes.
DistributionThe species is found from India to the Philippines, New Guinea and Australia. It has also been recorded in Pakistan.
Behavior''Parawaixia dehaani'' is nocturnal and feeds mainly on moths. During the day the spider shelters under a leaf in the vegetation. It builds a vertical orb web with an open hub, which often looks damaged, with sections missing, hence the Australian common name, abandoned-web orb-weaver. When disturbed the spiders falls to the ground and plays dead with its legs retracted. Bats have been recorded as being captured by this spider.
Habitat''Parawixia dehaani'' is found in gardens, disturbed areas and nearby bushland.
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