Runcinia grammica

Runcinia grammica (Sometimes also referred to as Runcinia Lateralis)[1] is a species of spider of the genus Runcinia. It generally lives in peat bogs, fens, and meadows,[2][3] although it has also been known to inhabit urban areas[4] They usually mature to adulthood in the summer.[3] They have short, broad bodies,[5] which are covered in hair and spines.[6] They have clear muscular corrugation on their sides,[6] and, on small raised bumps on their heads, eight small eyes.[5] Males are usually 2.5–3.5mm in length, females 4-6mm.[3] Unlike many spiders, they do not spin a web of any kind. Instead, they prowl on the ground, as well as climbing plants and flowers, to find their prey.[5] They can move forwards, backwards, and sideways.[5] Runcina grammicas have reportedly been sighted in various areas of Southeastern Spain[7] and Southwestern Portugal.[8][9] They are also known to inhabit Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Caucasus,[10] Italy,[11] India,[6] South Africa, St. Helena,[12][13][14][13] Turkey,[13][14] France,[15] and in the Carpathian Basin[16] They are among the most common species of spiders in Portugal.[14] They are one of the many species preserved at the Mountain Zebra National Park, in South Africa.[17]

A Runcinia grammica with its prey

They are predators,[4] and eat various species of insects.[3]


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