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  • Southeastern Wandering Spider - (Anahita punctulata )

    Southeastern Wandering Spider - (Anahita punctulata )

    The tropical Southeastern Wandering Spider is an active hunter, making the most of a warm climate teeming with insect prey.




    Staff Writer (2/4/2014): Spiders in the Ctenidae family resemble wolf spiders, but they are not the same. Wandering spiders are active hunters, not web-spinners, and they attack their prey by ambushing them. They live in burrows on the ground or on plants.

    They are primarily found in warmer, tropical climates. Most Wandering Spiders found in North America were imported on tropical fruits, like bananas. The Southeastern Wandering Spider, however, is native to the southeastern part of the continent.

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    Details of the:
    Southeastern Wandering Spider


    Category: Spider
    Common name: Southeastern Wandering Spider
    Scientific Name: Anahita punctulata

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Ctenidae
           Genus: Anahita
            Species: punctulata

    Size (Adult, Length): 5mm to 40mm (0.20in to 1.57in)

    Identifying Colors: brown; tan; ivory; white; black

    Additional Descriptors: large, biting, venomous


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.