The tropical Southeastern Wandering Spider is an active hunter, making the most of a warm climate teeming with insect prey.
Light brown with long legs, the Southeastern Wandering Spider sometimes looks like its been dead long before someone finds it. Walking spiders bend their multi-jointed legs in a way that curls them upward. When resting, legs are straightened in a more familiar position. The female is slightly larger than the male.
Spiders in the Ctenidae family resemble wolf spiders, but they are not the same. Wandering spiders are active hunters though, not web-spinners, much like Wolf Spiders, 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.
Scientific Name: Anahita punctulata
Size (Adult; Length): 5mm to 40mm (0.20in to 1.56in)
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Legs: Spiders have four pairs of legs and these are attached to the cephalothorax.
Pedipalps: Small appendages near the mouth used as taste and smell organs.
Cephalothorax: Contains eyes, head, mouthparts, and legs.
Abdomen: Contains various organs related to digestion, reproduction, and web-making.
Spinnerets: Used in the production of spider silk for fashioning webs or catching prey.
NOTE: Unlike insects, spiders have both an endoskeleton (internal) and exoskeleton (external).