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Species Metaltella simoni

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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 (Entelegynae)
Family Desidae
Genus Metaltella
Species simoni (Metaltella simoni)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Author: Keyserling. Year first published: 1878.
Size
6-10 mm.
Identification
Closely resembles some Amaurobiidae. Look for the orange carapace with dorsal groove & robust chelicerae.

Female


Male


Female & Egg Sac


Juvenile
Range
Long established in the Gulf States from Florida - Texas. More recently established in southern California and North Carolina. It was also collected in a greenhouse in Alberta. (1)
Remarks
Recently introduced to Florida (1944). Originally from Argentina and neighboring countries.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Spiders of North America: An Identification Manual
D. Ubick, P. Paquin, P.E. Cushing and V. Roth (eds). 2005. American Arachnological Society.