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Spitting Spider

family Scytodidae


Spitting spiders are members of the spider family Scytodidae. Over 150 species of scytodids have been described worldwide. Scytodidae catch their prey by spitting a fluid that congeals on contact into a venomous and sticky mass. The fluid contains both venom and spider silk in liquid form. The venom-impregnated silk both immobilizes and envenoms prey such as silverfish. The spider usually strikes from a distance of 10–20 mm and the whole attack sequence is over in a little under 1/700th of a second. After making the capture, the spider typically bites the prey with venomous effect, and wraps it in the normal spider fashion with silk from the spinnerets.


Seen at an evergreen forest situated near a river.

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Maharashtra, India

Spotted on May 29, 2016
Submitted on Jun 29, 2016

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