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Vagrant spider (Uliodon albopunctatus)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Megoperculata
Infraclass: Tetrapulmonata
Superorder: Labellata
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Opisthothelae
Family: Zoropsidae (False Huntsman Spiders)
Genus: Uliodon
Species: U. albopunctatus
Binomial name: Uliodon albopunctatus
Common name:  Vagrant spider, Large brown vagrant spider., Prowling spider.

Uliodon albopunctatus is a large common, endemic spider and is a member of vagrant spiders (Genus Uliodon). It is a ground dwelling spider with a body length up to 27 mm and is found in gardens and forests throughout New Zealand. It is nocturnal. The female places her hemispherical eggsac in hollows under rocks, logs, etc. The bite of this spider can be painful.



Photo of a large female. The male has an orange bulbs on the ends of its palps.