Species Account for Zoropsis spinimana
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Taxonomic group: spiders (Araneae) - County data
Zoropsis spinimana (Dufour, 1820) is a Mediterranean species. Despite the fact that this spider is large enough to be intimidating and is one of the very few spiders in Europe which can penetrate the human skin with its chelicerae and produce a painful bite, it is harmless to humans and bites are unlikely.
Zoropsis spinimana is now well established indoors in the west London area with records dating back to 2008. It seems unlikely that Zoropsis spinimana could survive long-term outdoors here, but it could live indoors and occasionally venture into gardens in the summer (Peter Merrett, pers. comm.).
Zoropsis spinimana superficially looks rather like a large lycosid wolf spider. Like these Zoropsis spinimana is a hunting spider which does not spin a web or use silk to subdue prey. Its silk is used primarily by the female to cover her egg sac. Like most spiders, its diet is primarily insects; however there is very little information available about the biology of this spider. References