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Hot Pink Brown Woodlice Spider? - Dysdera crocata

Hot Pink Brown Woodlice Spider? - Dysdera crocata
Salt Lake City / Murray , Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
August 18, 2020
I believe this is a woodlouse spider. I honestly can’t believe I saw it because this is the second one I have seen. The first was seen by my daughter and I and we froze in our tracks because of the hot pink color. This one stopped me as well because of the pink color and I had to track it down to get some pics, which I would never usually do because I’m afraid of spiders. But nobody else I know has seen these and it seemed a little rare. The first one I saw was in Provo Utah about 40 miles south of where I saw this one. This one is not as bright pink as the other one. But this one has the big things by its head which I think is for breaking through the armor of its prey so that’s why I think it is the wood live spider. I’ll see if I have a pic of the other one and post it as well.

Moved from ID Request.

You're correct on it being a woodlouse spider. They're fairly common in most places, but I'm not sure how common they are in Utah. They're nocturnal, so are often overlooked.

The big things by the mouth are chelicerae, essentially jaws with fangs attached to the end. See

Thank you Nathaniel!
Thank you Nathaniel!

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