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Avondale (Delena cancerides)

The Avondale spider has got its name from the place where it has been introduced, Avondale of New Zealand. Although the region is not the native land of the spider, still, the surprising growth of the number of the species has given the species its name.

Scientific Classification

Avondale Spider

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Females are 0.98-1.26 in (2.4-3.2 cm) long and males are 0.79-0.98 in (2.0-2.4 cm)

Color:  Brown shade throughout the body

Other Characteristic Features: The body and legs all are hairy

Eggs

Female Avondale spiders produce a flat and oval egg sac and subsequently lay around 200 eggs into the sac. Few spiders even make a silken base for the egg sac just before the egg laying process and once all eggs are released, they carry the sac and discard the silken base. The egg sac is often carried by mother spiders.

Spiderlings

Young Avondale spiders come out of the eggs with a pale complexion. Sometimes, the mother spider moistens the egg sac and then tears it open to make the emerging of young spiders smooth and hassle free. After coming out of eggs, the spiderlings stay a few weeks with their mothers.

The Web

This species of spider does not make any webs as it directly hunts down insects.

Are Avondale Spiders Venomous

The Avondale spiders are not detrimental for people, but their bite results in pain, headache, inflammation, irregularity in pulse rate, and vomiting. But, the reason of their bite as to why they exhibit such aggressive behavior has not been determined, except for female spiders who are extremely protected of their eggs and can be violent towards any potential threats.

Avondale Spider Image

Quick Facts

Other Names Social huntsman spider, flat huntsman spider
Distribution Australia and New Zealand
Habitat Barks, logs, and rocks
Diet Insects
Lifespan Around 2 Years
IUCN Conservation Status Not listed

Did You Know

  • The species has been featured in several films, like Spider-Man, (2002), Arachnophobia, (1990), and Napoleon (1995 ). Despite not being venomous, all of these movies have exhibited the spider having venomous bites.
  • The spider has been dedicated a sculpture, displayed at the front of the Avondale shopping centre in New Zealand.

Images Credits: Collections.tepapa.govt.nz, Qph.fs.quoracdn.net

The Avondale spider has got its name from the place where it has been introduced, Avondale of New Zealand. Although the region is not the native land of the spider, still, the surprising growth of the number of the species has given the species its name.

Avondale Spider

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Females are 0.98-1.26 in (2.4-3.2 cm) long and males are 0.79-0.98 in (2.0-2.4 cm)

Color:  Brown shade throughout the body

Other Characteristic Features: The body and legs all are hairy

Eggs

Female Avondale spiders produce a flat and oval egg sac and subsequently lay around 200 eggs into the sac. Few spiders even make a silken base for the egg sac just before the egg laying process and once all eggs are released, they carry the sac and discard the silken base. The egg sac is often carried by mother spiders.

Spiderlings

Young Avondale spiders come out of the eggs with a pale complexion. Sometimes, the mother spider moistens the egg sac and then tears it open to make the emerging of young spiders smooth and hassle free. After coming out of eggs, the spiderlings stay a few weeks with their mothers.

The Web

This species of spider does not make any webs as it directly hunts down insects.

Are Avondale Spiders Venomous

The Avondale spiders are not detrimental for people, but their bite results in pain, headache, inflammation, irregularity in pulse rate, and vomiting. But, the reason of their bite as to why they exhibit such aggressive behavior has not been determined, except for female spiders who are extremely protected of their eggs and can be violent towards any potential threats.

Avondale Spider Image

Quick Facts

Other Names Social huntsman spider, flat huntsman spider
Distribution Australia and New Zealand
Habitat Barks, logs, and rocks
Diet Insects
Lifespan Around 2 Years
IUCN Conservation Status Not listed

Did You Know

  • The species has been featured in several films, like Spider-Man, (2002), Arachnophobia, (1990), and Napoleon (1995 ). Despite not being venomous, all of these movies have exhibited the spider having venomous bites.
  • The spider has been dedicated a sculpture, displayed at the front of the Avondale shopping centre in New Zealand.

Images Credits: Collections.tepapa.govt.nz, Qph.fs.quoracdn.net

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