Trapdoor spider

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Trapdoor spider
Ummidia sp.jpg
Ummidia sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Mygalomorphae
Superfamily: Ctenizoidea
Family: Ctenizidae
Thorell, 1887

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9 genera, c. 120 species
African Red Trapdoor Spider

Trapdoor Spiders are members of the spider family Ctenizidae. They dig a small burrow in the forest floor, and covers it with a dirt trapdoor.The spider lurks in its burrow with the door half-open, until something to eat walks by without knowing that the spider is watching. Then the trapdoor spider pounces, drags the prey into its trap, and slams the trapdoor shut.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ganeri, Anita (2000). Jungle Animals Over 100 Questions and Answers to Things You Want to Know. Dubai, U.A.E. ISBN 0-75254-909-X.