The families of British spiders


L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz


Buzzing Spider.

Morphology. The adult spiders 4–7.5 mm long; of medium build; decidedly short-legged, or with legs of medium length (to about twice as long as the body); with eight eyes. The eyes in two horizontal rows of 4; all clear and glassy. The palpal organs of the male of complex structure and enclosed by the specialized, hollowed tarsal segment (the cymbium). Metatarsus IV of the females without a calamistrum. Tarsal claws 2. The tarsi with claw tufts. The abdomen conspicuously patterned dorsally to plain dorsally; conspicuously exhibiting a pair of characteristic, medio-longitudinal irregular dark markings (see illustrations). The tracheal spiracles more or less equidistant from the epigastric furrow and the spinnerets. The abdomen of the females without a cribellum. The reproductive openings of the females associated with an epigyne.

The adults constructing neither a terrestrial silken retreat nor an underwater diving-bell; not making snare-webs; actively pursuing their prey (hunting over foliage of trees and shrubs, rarely found on the ground).

British representation. 1 species in Britain; in the genus Anyphaena (A. accentuata).

Illustrations. • Anyphaena accentuata.

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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. The families of British spiders. Version: 4th January 2012.’.