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Dysdera crocata - female

Dysdera crocata - Female
Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA
August 14, 2003

Slater Spider
Dysdera crocata
What do they look like?

The body is about one to one-and-a-half centimetres long (excluding the legs). The cephalothorax (the fused head and thorax) and legs are red-orange and the abdomen is cream to pale coffee-coloured. These spiders only have six eyes rather than the usual eight. The chelicerae (the structures that bear the fangs) project forward and are quite large relative to the size of the spider.
Where are they found?

These spiders originate in Europe but are now common throughout much of the world. They may be found throughout New Zealand and are common in suburban gardens.
What are their habits?

While this spider is capable of capturing other prey, it has earned its common name because of accounts documenting its feeding on the common slater (also known as the common woodlouse), Porcellio scaber. It doesn't build a web to capture its prey. Rather, it seizes its victim in its very large chelicerae.
What is their bite like?

With its large fangs, this species is capable of delivering a sharp bite. Symptoms include local swelling and pain. However, bites are rare, and only a handful of bites by this species have been recorded from New Zealand even though these spiders are very common.

Anyone know a common name for this guy? I caught one in my basement and named him jethro, but I dont know what type he is other than Dysdera crocata.

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I've looking for this
I am an arachniphobe and this search has been truly painful for me. I've seen several of these in my NE Indiana home. Do you know if it is harmful? Does it bite? Is it poisonous?


It's bite is not dangerous...
It may bite you if you attempt to pick it up with your fingers - ( self defense ). I have handled many hunting spiders bare handed. ONE MUST BE CAREFUL NOT TO SQUEEZE THEM AS THAT IT IS WHEN BITES CAN OCCUR. This spider is harmless and quite beneficial controling woodlice and even centipedes. The fangs do look formidable though they are quite long so as to reach deep into crevasses for prey.

Do you know of any names for the Dysdera Crocata

Woodlouse Hunter.

The generic name is
the stilettos spider. It might also be called hot-stilettos. Hot in reference to its red color.

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