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Wandering Spider(Ctenidae)Facts, Identifications & Pictures

Wandering Spiders

Wandering spiders is the name given to the species of the Ctenidae family having about 50 genera. The most popular species of this group is the Brazilian Wandering spider.

Wandering Spiders

Spiders Belonging To This Family


  • Anahita
  • Janusia
  • Acantheis
  • Afroneutria
  • Chococtenus
  • Phoneutria
  • Isoctenus
  • Viracucha
  • Diallomus
  • Trujillina
  • Toca
  • Wiedenmeyeria
  • Ohvida¬†


Physical Description & Identification


Size: They have a moderately small body, being about 5 cm (2 inches) long.

Color: Most spiders of this family have a brown body.

Other characteristics: The upper part of the oval carapace of this species possess a longitudinal groove.


They are small in size and enclosed in a white sac.


The spiderlings stay with the mother for a short span until maturity.

The Web

Though not much detail is available, most members of this family like the Brazilian Wandering spider do not build webs. They search for their pray by roaming around the jungle floor.

Are Species of the Wandering Spider Family Poisonous and Do They Bite

The members of the wandering spider family are venomous, though those belonging to the Phoneutria genus tops the list and are known to have hazardous effects on humans.

Quick Facts

Lifespan1-2 years
Distribution Continents of Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America
HabitatJungle floors when spotted in the wild, as well as dark, desolate, dingy areas
Common PredatorsWasps
DietSmall insects as well as other spider species

Did You Know

  • They have a defensive strategy, being highly notorious as hunters.