Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Slater spider

Dysdera crocata (Koch)

Order: Araneae
Family: Dysderidae

Size range

  • Medium–sized spider. Body length about 14 mm


  • From Europe originally. Worldwide distribution

Life History

  • Found in gardens, especially bark gardens, usually near the ground
  • Unusual orange–brown coloring
  • Eats slaters and maybe other slow moving arthropods
  • Web is used only as a retreat
  • Painful bite