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Species Sosticus insularis

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynes )
Family Gnaphosidae (Ground Spiders)
Genus Sosticus
Species insularis (Sosticus insularis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
This is a small, dark-colored ground spider. The cephalothorax is dark brown as are the femora of the legs. The tips of the legs are lighter in color. The abdomen is dark gray, nearly black. The male has a scutum over more than half of the abdomen. The posterior median eyes are widely spaced and about the same size as the other eyes.


This is a primarily eastern species, occuring from New England west to the Great Lakes region and south to north Texas and eastern Georgia.