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The mostly tropical mygalomorph spider family Ctenizidae (trapdoor spiders) includes 128 described species (Platnick 2013), 14 or 15 of them occurring in North America north of Mexico: Ummidia is found throughout the United States (10 or 11 described U.S. species but many undescribed species as well), Cyclocosmia in the southeastern U.S. (two U.S. species), and Bothriocyrtum and Hebestatis in California (one U.S. species each) (Bond and Hendrixson 2005; Bradley 2013; Platnick 2013). Ctenizids, the best known of the trapdoor-building spiders, have eight eyes, like most spiders. Analyses by Bond et al. (2012) suggest that Ctenizidae may not be a monophyletic group as currently composed.

All known North American ctenizids live in silk-lined terrestrial burrows, with burrow linings consisting of a heavy layer of parchment-like silk and packed soil. Burrows are constructed with a trapdoor (often well disguised) that is used in prey capture. The spider waits beneath a slightly ajar trapdoor and when it detects potential prey passing by, itlunges out of the burrow, bites its prey, and returns with the prey to the bottom of the burrow to feed. In the United States, ctenizid habitat ranges from the more mesic climates of the southeast to the xeric climates of California deserts. Taxonomic investigations of North American ctenizids are limited, with the exception of the revision of Cyclocosmia by Gertsch and Platnick (1975). Numerous undescribed Ummidia species are known even from the United States. (Bond and Hendrixson 2005)

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For the New York City social group, see Trap Door Spiders. For other spiders called "trapdoor spiders", see List of trapdoor spiders.
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Ctenizidae is a small family of medium-sized[example needed] mygalomorph spiders that construct burrows with a cork-like trapdoor made of soil, vegetation and silk. They may be called trapdoor spiders, as are similar species, such as those of the families Liphistiidae, Barychelidae, Cyrtaucheniidae and some species in Idiopidae and Nemesiidae. In 2018, the family Halonoproctidae was split off from Ctenizidae, leaving only three genera.

Etymology

The name derives from Greek κτενὶζειν ktenizein, meaning "combing" or "cleaning", referring to their behaviour of cleaning continuously, and the suffix -idae, which designates belonging to a family.[citation needed]

Taxonomy

The family Ctenizidae was first described by Thorell in 1887, being based on the genus Cteniza.[2] Since the advent of molecular phylogenetics and its application to spiders, the family has been progressively dismantled;[3] the World Spider Catalog lists over 100 genera formerly placed in Ctenizidae but now transferred to other families.[2] The Halonoproctidae were split off in 2018, leaving only three genera. Even so, the family is not monophyletic, since Stasimopus is not in the same clade as the other two genera, according to a 2018 study (the three genera left in Ctenizidae are shaded in yellow):[3]

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Stasimopus

       

Heteromigas (Migidae)

     

Idiops (Idiopidae)

     

Myrmekiaphila (Euctenizidae)

     

Cteniza

   

Cyrtocarenum

           

Halonoproctidae

     

Genera

Extinct genera

Ecology and behaviour

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The trapdoor is difficult to see when it is closed because the plant and soil materials effectively camouflage it. The trapdoor is hinged on one side with silk. The spiders, which are usually nocturnal, typically wait for prey while holding on to the underside of the door with the claws on their tarsi. Prey is captured when insects, other arthropods, or small vertebrates disturb the 'trip' lines the spider lays out around its trapdoor, alerting the spider to a meal within reach. The spider detects the prey by vibrations and, when it comes close enough, leaps out of its burrow to make the capture.

A hungry individual will wait halfway outside its burrow for a meal. Male trapdoor spiders can overcome the female's aggressive reactions to their approach, but it is not known how. Females never travel far from their burrows, especially if they have an egg sac. During this time, the female will capture food and regurgitate it to feed her spiderlings. Enemies of the trapdoor spider include certain pompilids (spider wasps), which seek out the burrows and manage to gain entrance. They sting the owner and lay their eggs (usually one per spider) on its body. When the egg hatches, the larva devours the spider alive.

Unlike other mygalomorph spiders, the Ctenizidae have a rastellum on the chelicera. Resembling "teeth" or "barbs" on each fang, this modification is used to dig and gather soil while constructing a burrow.[5] They use their pedipalps and first legs to hold the trapdoor closed when disturbed.[6]

There are about 50 species of Ctenizidae.

The Spider Wasps of the subfamily Ctenocerinae found in the Neotropics, Africa and Australia are specialised hunters of trapdoor spiders.[7]

Distribution and habitat

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Genera of Ctenizidae are found in Europe, Asia and South Africa. They may be more common than thought because of their cryptic habits. They do tend to be localized in distribution and as such may be subject to extinction because of local habitat destruction. Most species live in burrows rather than webs. They make silk hinged doors that blend with their habitat. Not all members of the family use trapdoors.

See also

Footnotes

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  2. ^ a b "Family Ctenizidae Thorell, 1887", World Spider Catalog, Natural History Museum Bern, retrieved 2018-05-24
  3. ^ a b Godwin, Rebecca L.; Opatova, Vera; Garrison, Nicole L.; Hamilton, Chris A. & Bond, Jason E. (2018-09-01), "Phylogeny of a cosmopolitan family of morphologically conserved trapdoor spiders (Mygalomorphae, Ctenizidae) using Anchored Hybrid Enrichment, with a description of the family, Halonoproctidae Pocock 1901", Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 126: 303–313, doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2018.04.008
  4. ^ a b Eskov, K. Y.; Zonstein, S. L. (2000). "The First Ctenizoid Mygalomorph Spiders from Eocene Baltic Amber (Araneida: Mygalomorphae: Ctenizidae)". Paleontological Journal. 34 (suppl. 3): S268–S274. Part 1; Part 2 (PDF).
  5. ^ Holm, Erik, Dippenaar-Schoeman, Ansie; Goggo Guide; LAPA publishers (URL: WWW.LAPA.co.za). 2010
  6. ^ Tso et al. 2003
  7. ^ Evans H.E. 1972 The Tribe Ctenoceratini in Australia Aust. J. Entomol. 11(3) 244-252

References

  • Raven, R.J. 1985 The spider Infraorder Mygalomorphae (Araneae): cladistics and systematics. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 182: 1-180.
  • Murphy, Frances & Murphy, John (2000): An Introduction to the Spiders of South East Asia. Malaysian Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Tso, I.; Haupt, J. & Zhu, M. (2003): The trapdoor spider family Ctenizidae (Arachnida: Araneae) from Taiwan. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 51(1): 25-33. PDF (Ummidia and Latouchia)
  • Hendrixson, B.E. & Bond, J.E. (2004): A new species of Stasimopus from the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Ctenizidae), with notes on its natural history. Zootaxa 619: 1-14. PDF

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Ctenizidae is a small family of medium-sized[example needed] mygalomorph spiders that construct burrows with a cork-like trapdoor made of soil, vegetation and silk. They may be called trapdoor spiders, as are similar species, such as those of the families Liphistiidae, Barychelidae, Cyrtaucheniidae and some species in Idiopidae and Nemesiidae. In 2018, the family Halonoproctidae was split off from Ctenizidae, leaving only three genera.

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