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Dysdera crocata

Common Name: Woodlouse Hunter
Dysdera crocata
Dysdera crocata

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Dysderidae
Genus: Dysdera
Species: Dysdera crocata

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The woodlouse hunter is 1/2" in length. It is a muted red-brown color with a tan, smooth abdomen. They have large fangs.

Habitat & Range

These spiders are found in forests under logs and rocks. They are found in the US, Southern regions of South America, and Europe.


The woodlouse hunter eats woodlice and other arthropods.

Life Cycle

Woodlouse hunter spiders mate in April and lay eggs in groups as large as 70 at a time. Young stay with their mother for some time before leaving.

Featured image by James Dake


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