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Species Scytodes atlacoya

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Synspermiata)
Family Scytodidae (Spitting Spiders)
Genus Scytodes
Species atlacoya (Scytodes atlacoya)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Scytodes intricata Gertsch, 1935a
Explanation of Names
From original description: "The specific name is a noun in apposition taken from Aztec mythology. Atlacoya is believed to be the goddess of drought."
Identification
Palpal organ -


Color ranges from light orange or tan to dark grey or brown, with contrasting markings.

Typical light to dark marking and color variations:




Other variations:
Range
TX and southern OK, through the Gulf states and north to VA. Apparently introduced.
Habitat
Synanthropic, may occur in undisturbed natural habitats in US range as well.
Webs primarily above ground, underside of tables, chairs, awnings, rooftops, etc. Often found in old, abandoned webs of Latrodectus geometricus and Kukulcania hibernalis.
Sympatric with L. geometricus, K. hibernalis, and likely other synanthropic spiders throughout its range.
Food
Insects and spiders, including conspecifics.
Remarks
Builds webs similar to Latrodectus. Wraps prey after capture.
Mature females often cohabitate with one or more males, and offspring may remain in parent web for several instars.

Despite social behavior, cannibalism does occur, often between battling males.
Print References
Rheims, Brescovit & Durán-Barrón, 2007 : Mexican species of the genus Scytodes Latreille (Araneae, Scytodidae). Revista Ibérica de Aracnología, vol. 13, p. 93-119 (PDF).
Internet References