(Long-jawed Orb-weavers)

The spider family Tetragnathidae, commonly known as Long-jawed Orb-weavers, have been sighted 282 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Tetragnathidae includes 18 countries and 30 states in the United States. Tetragnathidae is most often sighted outdoors, and during the month of May.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Tetragnathidae

Common Name (AASMore information icon)

Longjawed Orbweavers

Other Common Names

Long-jawed Orbweavers, Water Orbweavers


Anton Menge, 1866

Sightings Overview

There have been 282 confirmed sightings of Tetragnathidae (Long-jawed Orb-weavers), with the most recent sighting submitted on October 8, 2019 by Spider ID member marcd6. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 282 sightings because of certain Tetragnathidae sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 72% of the time, Tetragnathidae spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 254)
  • Sex:¬†38 female and 26 male.
  • Environment:¬†Tetragnathidae has been sighted 272 times outdoors, and 34 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (130). On flower (3). Low foliage (68). High foliage (21). Ground layer (9). Under rock or debris (1). Freshwater river, lake, stream (12). Saltwater (5). Open field, pasture, grassland (5). Forest (13). Cave (5).

Location and Range

Tetragnathidae (Long-jawed Orb-weavers) has been sighted in the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, France, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States.

Tetragnathidae has also been sighted in the following states: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin.


Tetragnathidae has been primarily sighted during the month of May.

  • January: 7
  • February: 12
  • March: 32
  • April: 47
  • May: 96
  • June: 29
  • July: 5
  • August: 7
  • September: 6
  • October: 16
  • November: 10
  • December: 4

Genus: Alcimosphenus

Genus: Glenognatha

Genus: Leucauge (Silver Orb-weaver)

Genus: Meta (Cave Orb-weavers)

Genus: Metellina

Genus: Opadometa

Genus: Pachygnatha (Thick-jawed Orb-weavers)

Genus: Tetragnatha

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