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Southeastern Wandering Spider - (Anahita punctulata )

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 2/4/2014

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

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

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

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

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

General Description: 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 insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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