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Spitting spider

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Species:
Scytodes thoracica (RM)
Family:
Scytodidae
formerly Sicariidae
Body length:
female: 6 mm
male: 4 mm
Habitat:
In caves and in the corners of open, man-made structures such as sheds and bridges
Toxicity:
Minimal hazard because the fangs and chelicerae cannot open wide
Scytodes thoracica
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Side view
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Female
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View from above

This spider normally stands high on stilt-like legs and is able to carry its egg mass under its cephalothorax. The carapace is unusual in sloping upwards towards its rear end, whereas the abdomen slopes downwards.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: None.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 1 February 2002.