Animals Invertebrates

Animals Invertebrates

Brown Recluse Spider


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Loxosceles reclusa
PROFILE:

These secretive spiders are small and have a distinctive violin shaped marking on their cephalothoraxes (the head and midsection). This marking has earned them the nicknames of fiddleback or violin spiders. Brown recluses are one of the few spiders that can harm a person, although fatalities are rare. If you know you are going to be working in an area that may contain brown recluses, wear gloves and minimize areas where they like to live (such as piles of laundry and clutter).

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Arthropod, Arachnid (spiders)
NATIVE TO:
North America; throughout the midwest and southeast; native to Texas
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Not listed by IUCN
DIET:
Insectivore
LIFESPAN:
Up to 2 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Solitary; although may live in close proximity to each other.
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