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Spitting Spider

Scytodes sp. Family Scytodidae

Description:

Scytodidae catch their prey by spitting a fluid that congeals on contact into a venomous and sticky mass. Remarkably, though it is produced in venom glands in the chelicerae, the fluid contains both venom and spider silk in liquid form. The venom-impregnated silk not only immobilizes prey such as Silverfish by tying it down, but has a venomous effect as well. The spider usually strikes from a distance of 10-20mm and the whole attack sequence is over in a little under 1/700th of a second. After making the capture, the spider will typically bite the prey with venomous effect, and wrap it in the normal spider fashion with silk from the spinnerets.

Habitat:

Seen at Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Atul
Atul 9 years ago
Spitting Spider
Scytodes sp. Family Scytodidae


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9 Comments

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Updated the info Mark :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Wow !! What an attack strategy. I just read about it. Others should too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spitting_sp...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Good one Uday !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Good one Doc... now I'll have to read about why it spits.

Uday
Uday 9 years ago

wecome SatyenM!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Thank you for the ID Atul.

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Thanks Mark & Uday!

Uday
Uday 9 years ago

indian spitting spider

Scytodes sp.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

That's a beautiful little spider. The Doc might tell us what it is. :-)

Wild Things
Spotted by
Wild Things

Alibag, Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Jul 27, 2013
Submitted on Jul 29, 2013

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