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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  White-Striped Wandering Spider
Anahita sp.
close-up of female showing white stripe
Wanders about on the ground in search of prey at night.

Classification: Family Ctenidae, Wandering Spiders
Female: 12 mm.
Members of this family look superficially like the Wolf Spiders, and like most Wolf Spiders, are ground-dwelling hunters.
They can, however, be separated from Wolf Spiders by their eye arrangement. The eyes are arranged in three rows: two small eyes (anterior median eyes) in front, a pair of small anterior lateral and a larger pair of posterior median eyes in the middle, and a pair of large posterior lateral eyes behind.

The first two pairs of legs are armed with a double series of spines. Unlike Wolf Spiders, these spiders have only two claws at the tip of each leg.
close-up of face showing eyes
Face of a female Anahita spider showing eye arrangement
  From "A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders" by Joseph K. H. Koh
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by British Petroleum
© 2000 Joseph K H Koh