Prowling Spiders

Diagnostic Features:

Eight eyed spider with two tarsal claws with claw tufts. Posterior lateral spinnerets have conical to elongate ends.


Family Distribution:

Widespread in North America


Interesting Natural History Notes:

These spiders are prowling hunters (thus their common name) who do not create a web. They are of agricultural importance as they are known to prey on caterpillars and flies.


Origin of Latin Name:

The root of this families name comes from the Greek contraction of the word that means ‘working on thread’.


Genera found in the North Eastern United states: