Containing some of the deadliest spiders like six-eyed-spiders, recluse spiders, the family is a well researched one. Many species are still being studied on, although. There are 3 genera having 189 species.
Size: Sicariidae members are 0.23-0.78 in (0.58-1.9 cm). Male and female spiders of many genera, especially under the recluse genus, are almost the same in size.
Color: Most spiders are brown with either darker or paler tone.
Other Characteristic Features: These spiders have 6 eyes instead of 8. Female spiders also have unsclerotised genitals.
Female spiders make egg sacs with a mixture of sand and silk for eggs to be laid in safely.
Spiderling of some species can be venomous, and they usually go away from their hatching place to a different area after being able to move.
Some family members do make some unorganized webs, but they do not rely on them for catching preys. Instead, they like to chase, hunt, and kill their potential preys.
Sicariidae spiders can generate a tissue-destroying enzyme-like sphingomyelinase D. Their bite is extremely venomous and can affect red blood cells. The injury in the skin can be deadly and fatal if neglected.
|Distribution||Asia, Africa, and Americas|
|Habitat||Burrows and under rocks, deserts, abandoned areas, and dark corners of house or garage|
|Diet||Flies, moths, cockroaches, scorpions, and other insects|