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Scuttling spider (Genus:Cycloctenus)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder:
Araneomorphae
Zoo Section: Entelegynae
Super family: incertae sedis
Family: Cycloctenidae 
Genus:Cycloctenus 

Scuttling spiders of the genus Cycloctenus are hunting spiders endemic to NZ. There is at least 10 described specier with many more undescribed.  They are common in our forests but are rarely seen because of their speed when disturbed. They do not build snares but hunt using vision. They are hard to spot as they hide when they detect any movement and their mottled colouring makes them merge into the background.


Scuttling spider (20mm body length)