These relatively slender species are quite variable and may be colored in a range of shades of brown. The tarsi of the first pair of legs have no claws, and the front margin of the head is rounded. Many species are nocturnal, but some are active during the day. Nocturnal species typically dig into soil during the day, but some of the smaller species hide inside termite colonics or the tunnels of wood-boring insects.

• I .IIT CYCLE The female lays her eggs, perhaps in several batches, in a burrow.

• OCCl JRRENCE Warmer regions of Central America, South America (as far as southern Argentina), and North America. In dry areas, semideserts, and deserts.



I hese species can be robust with short legs, or slender with long legs. The tarsi of the first three pairs of legs have one segment, whereas those of the fourth pair may have ^ one to three segments. The front of the head looks square-cut. Coloration varies between light and dark brown.

• LIFE CYCLE Eggs are laid in burrows. The young arc especially fond of termite prey.

• OCCURRENCE Warm, dry parts of Central America and southern North America. In dry areas, semideserts and deserts, and mountainous regions.

rounded margin of head dark, shiny abdomen

AMMOTRECHELLA STIMPSON! is native to Elorida. This species is found underneath the hark of rotten trees and feeds on a variety of prey, including termites.

Eremohati s

SPK< MKS are common in southwestern I IS. Mating pairs initially strike an aggressive stance, with raised pedipalps and open cheliccrac.


hairy chelicerae thick pedipalps

velvety abdomen chelicerae pedipalp has no daw at end iAEEODES ARABS is a common North ifrican species. It typically jumps on massing prey and then retires into its mrrow to rest and digest its food.

leglike pedipalp soft, flat abdomen



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