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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Brown Spitting Spider
Scytodes fusca Walckenaer 1837
 
close-up of female
Female
The spider lives in a loose tangle of silk with a funnel retreat inside crevices. Whereas most spiders have eight eyes, Spitting Spiders have only six. Classification: Family Scytodidae, Spitting Spiders.
Habitat: Dry, dusty and sheltered corners of wooden houses, especially under the floor of stilted huts.
Female: 5-7 mm.
Male: 5-6 mm.
Distribution: Singapore (new record), Indonesia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, northern Australia, southern Japan.
Eggs are carried around by the mother under the palps.

The family comprise nocturnal and slow-moving spiders that immobilise their prey by spraying two jets of glue-venom mixture through their fangs. The glue is produced by large glands inside the cephalothorax, which has a characteristic plump shape.
  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