Phoroncidia sextuberculataCommon name: Six-knobbed Phoroncidia
Distribution: Has been reported from coastal areas around much of Australia.
Description: Approximately 4 millimetres long.
Notes: This spider was photographed in February.
These spiders are nocturnal predators with a simple web including a single strand of silk with beads of viscous material to sense the impact of insects and snare them. During the day it is hard to spot with legs tucked up usually on a twig. The egg sac is a papery brown sphere about the same size or larger than the spider, with pointed tip where it attaches to woven anchor threads.
References: Arachne.org.au http://www.arachne.org.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=2129