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August 5, 2022

Cyclocosmia

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Also known as the trapdoor spider and Chinese hourglass spider, c. latusicosta is an ambush predator which waits patiently for an unaware potential victim to scurry by its lair before it strikes the instant after motion is detected.

When threatened it burrows headfirst and then plugs the hole with its abdomen.

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Its backside looks a lot like a coin and thus these spiders were often mistaken for coins by Chinese farmers.

They also resemble Aztec sun stones.

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Their bite is non-toxic.

August 5, 2022 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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