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Dysderidae Dysdera crocata

Order: Araneae

Family: Dysderidae

Genus: Dysdera

Many spiders may have hidden eyes, and appear to have fewer eyes than they do. This spider, however, genuinely has only 6 eyes. The cephalothorax is reddish brown, and the abdomen dirty white, with two or four small spots visible. The chelicerae are long and project forward. The female is 11 to 15 mm, and the male is 9 to 10 mm.

Under stones or bark in dark and humid surroundings.

D. crocata create an oval retreat but do not build a snare at all. They hunt their prey from their retreat. The spiderlings remain with their mother for some time after hatching.

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Last updated 12/13/2004