T.E.R:R.A.I.N - Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network


Ground spider (Scotophaeus pretiosus)

Kingdom: Animalia
Tribe: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Gnaphosidae
Genus: Scotophaeus
Species: S. pretiosus
Binomial name: Scotophaeus pretiosus

Scotophaeus pretiosus is a small endemic stealthy ground hunting spider. This very fast spider has a body length of about 8mm, it hunts at night and hides during the day under rocks and leaves. The body of the spider is oval-shaped with a distinctive pattern.

Adult male


Male Scotophaeus pretiosus showing enlarged pedipalps.


Male


Male in defensive position.


Adult female