Scientific name: Zoropsis spinimana
Size: Males up to 12mm, Females up to 19mm
Distribution: Rare, but found in some parts of England - especially in and around London. The one in the photo above was found in a warehouse in Andover, Wiltshire
Months seen: All year round
Habitat: Mostly in houses and out buildings
Special features: False Wolf Spiders Zoropsis spinimana are pale brown in colour with a greyish blush. There is a row of two or three black blobs along the middle of the abdomen which look like badly painted diamond shapes. The legs are also speckled with black. They have eight eyes arranged in four groups of two (one above the other).
This spider has recently been introduced to the UK. It originates from the Mediterranean area, so being more used to milder climates prefers to be indoors in the UK. It has also recently been introduced to the San Francisco area of the United States.
False Wolf Spiders are active at night. They hunt their prey actively by chasing it down. Like most spiders they have enough venom to inflict a temporarily painful bite, but not enough to do any serious harm.
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