DYSDERIDAE Louse Hunters

Dysderids are six-eyed haplogyne spiders. Dysdera crocata the woodlouse hunter is cosmpololitan. Dysderids have very large chelicerae, which they use to pierce the armored bodies of their prey. These rather large, burly-looking, slow-moving spiders are often seen looking for a winter shelter in the autumn in basements and other cool areas of homes.


Dysdera crocata C. L. Koch, 1838 Woodlouse Hunter
The Woodlouse Hunter, as its name suggests, preys upon woodlice. In Australia it is thought to prey on slaters. This large, somewhat lumbering... 


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