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Red Folding Door Trapdoor Spider (Antrodiaetus spp.)


Detailing the identifying qualities of the Red Folding Door Trapdoor Spider, including physical features and territorial reach.


 Updated: 11/20/2013; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org







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The Red Folding Door Trapdoor Spider .





Folding Trapdoor spiders are related to members of the Trapdoor Spider family. They are also related to Tarantulas. The unique feature about Folding Trapdoor spiders is that this type of spider can unfold its hatch on its underground lair instead of just popping up one large door.

They live in tubular burrows just under the ground's surface. The large spines on their chelicerae (jaws) aid in digging out loose soil. They are active hunters and do not spin webs for catching prey. Insects and millipedes make up their diet. When threatened, they assume a defensive posture that includes tucking in their legs.

A blacker, native Pacific Folding Door Trapdoor spider common in the Pacific Northwest has been traded as a 'pet'. This more fiery colored Red Folding Trapdoor Spider might be African in origin and might have been smuggled into North America to add it to the 'pet' spider market.

A red African spider is like this one is known to be more aggressive than the native Pacific Northwest species and sightings of the Red spider in the wild may be a result of former 'pet' owners releasing them after an unhappy encounter.








Picture of the Red Folding Door Trapdoor Spider
Picture of the Red Folding Door Trapdoor Spider


Red Folding Door Trapdoor Spider Information



Category: Spider
Common Name: Red Folding Door Trapdoor Spider
Scientific Name: Antrodiaetus spp.
Other Name(s): African Red Folding Door Trapdoor Spider


Taxonomy Hierarchy



 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Arachnida
    Arrow graphic Order: Araneae
     Arrow graphic Family: Antrodiaetidae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Antrodiaetus
       Arrow graphic Species: spp.

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach



Size (Adult, Length):
Identifying Colors: red, brown, black
Additional Descriptors: red, big, tarantula, aggressive, biting, venomous

North American Territorial Reach (Though Not Limited To): California; Oregon; Washington

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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