AppearanceFemale 5-7mm with the male being smaller. Carapace is dark, bearing white setae. Usually as wide as it is long. Eight eyes in two rows (4:4). Abdomen is brightly decorated with black and white patterns, dorsal part of abdomen is hardened to form a rigid scutum. Legs are relatively short, the same colour as the carapace.
NamingC.L. Koch 1844
DistributionCoastal regions of South Africa
BehaviorDuring the day they can be found in large orb webs, usually made high between trees.
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Field Guide to the Spiders of South Africa; Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman; Lapa Publishers 2014;p56