Gnaphosidae: ground spiders

This is a family with 33 British species, mainly comprised of agile nocturnal hunters who spend the day in a silken retreat. They are plain brown, black or grey and have short hairs that give them a shiny appearance. Some are powerfully built, large spiders. They have long, very mobile spinnerets, but unlike the Clubionidae they are divergent and the anterior pair is longer than the rest. They use them to weave their fine silk cells. One species, Scotophaeus blackwalli (above) is commonly…

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