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Sphodros niger

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Arachnida
Suborder  Mygalomorphae
Scientific name  Sphodros niger
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Araneae
Family  Atypidae
Rank  Species
Similar  Sphodros, Sphodros rufipes, Atypical tarantula, Ummidia, Bowl and doily spider

The Black purse-web spider (Sphodros niger) is a mygalomorph spider from the Eastern United States.

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Description

Males have a body length of about 11 mm, 29 mm with extended legs. The body is black, except for chocolate brown legs. Although the species was first described in 1842, females were first described in 1980. This results from the male's behavior of wandering about in search of mates, while females, which reside in tubes, are rarely found.

Name

The species name niger is Latin for "black".

References

Sphodros niger Wikipedia


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