Wandering spiders

I hesc spiders arc usually either gray or brown in general coloration. The rear portion of their carapace has a distinctive groove, running lengthwise. Most species are aggressive, nocturnal hunters. They search for suitable prey on the ground and then return to their dark hiding places at dawn.

• LIFE CYCLE Eggs arc often laid in a silk sac that the female carries under her body.

• OCCl JRRENCE Tropical and subtropical regions. On the ground or on low-growing plants.

• REMARK The bites of some wandering spiders can be dangerous to humans.

ctenls siMii :ies are similar in appearance to wolf spiders (see p.233). This drably colored, mottled specimen is from Africa.

Feeding habits oval carapace long fine sensory hairs on legs

oval carapace long fine sensory hairs on legs

dark red-brown carapace

pale rim to carapace legs become paler toward end

Am ax ho hi jsti s, the Sydney Funnel web, has a highly toxic bite that may prove fatal.

pale brown abdomen spinnerets

Order arankak

Eunnee-web spiders

Mostly dark brown, these spielers have six or eight eyes arranged in two groups and a flat carapace. Their flat webs have a funnel-shaped retreat that leads into crevices in tree stumps, stones, and rocks. • I JFE CYCI ,E Females produce tough, disk-shaped egg sacs that they keep at the bottom of the retreat. •()<:< :i RREN< :i Tropi<al and subtropical regions of North America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. In various habitats, on the ground and in trees.

dark red-brown carapace pale rim to carapace legs become paler toward end

Am ax ho hi jsti s, the Sydney Funnel web, has a highly toxic bite that may prove fatal.

pale brown abdomen spinnerets

Feeding habits ^

0rder arankak

Family I)YSI)KRIDAK

No. of species 250

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