Family Oonopidae

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Two spiders of this family can be found in NW-Europe.

The spiders are small (2 mm) and pink. All their six eyes are located closely together. It seems, as it has only one eye. The spider is nocturnal and rests at daytime in a loose silken cell.

The spider moves in a particular way. When moving they keep her two front legs stretched, moves very slowly a few steps and then accelerates.

Oonops pulcher means beautiful oval eyes. She can be found between leaf mold, under stones but also in webs of Amaurobius and Coelotes. She only lays two eggs in a cocoon.

Oonops domesticus can be found in houses between old paper, books and dried plants.


Ed Nieuwenhuys, March 13, 2000