Anyone tramping through areas of native bush will almost certainly have come across the sheetwebs of these spiders, but rarely will they have seen the spiders themselves.
The sheet web spider is fast moving and has rather impressive looking fangs, however there are no confirmed reports of it ever biting humans.
The sheet web spider is endemic to New Zealand. It is a large spider with a body length about 25 mm.
The sheet web a horizontal web with fine vertical threads above that act as knockdown threads. It has a tunnel retreat for daytime use and at night the spider waits under the web and immobilises the prey by biting through the web.