Leaf-Mimicking Spider
Leaf-Mimicking Spider 1
General Information
Universe Real Life
Homeworld Earth
Intelligence Non-sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Discovered 2016
Discoverer Matjaz Kuntner
Biological Information
Reproduction Sexual; lays eggs
Feeding Behavior Liquivorous
Distinctive Features Looks like a dead leaf
Skin Color Green to light brown
Lineage Information
Cultural Information
Alignment True Neutral
Sociocultral characteristics
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Earth
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Eumetazoa
Infrakingdom Bilateria
Superphylum Ecdysozoa
Phylum Arthropoda
Subphylum Chelicerata
Class Arachnida
Order Araneae
Suborder Opisthothelae
Infraorder Araneomorphae
Superfamily Araneoidea
Family Araneidae
(Orb-Weaver Spiders)
Other Information
Status Data Deficient

Leaf-Mimicking Spiders are a species of orb-weaver spider indigenous to rain forests of Yunnan in southwestern China notable for their incredible mimicry of dried leaves.

These spiders are teardrop in shape with brownish-green in coloration and have a long, almost neck-like structure to connect its head to its abdomen. Vein-like markings cover its body.

While leaf masquerading is particularly common among arthropods and other small animals, this is the only known spider to do so as of February 2017, although other spiders are known to drag dead leaves from th ground into trees to conceal their presence.

They use their silk to attach to leaves to tree branches where it masquerades as a dead leaf and although not yet fully studied, is believed to use its camouflage for both ambush strategy against their prey as well as a disguise to hide them from their own predators.


  • This species was the first spider species discovered to directly mimic a leaf with its body (as opposed to using existing leaves as camouflage).


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