about the Uloborid Family
Hyptiotes veritas is a member of the family Uloboridae.
What makes the Uloborids unique?
- no venom glands
- spin cribellate silk—a non-sticky, fuzzy looking silk that they fluff with a specialized comb on their fourth leg called a calamistrum
- they either make orb webs that are oriented horizontally or spin a triangular shaped web that they hold vertically
- hold their web suspended in the air with their robust front legs unlike orbweaving spiders which attach it to a substrate like a branch or the ceiling.