FAUNA and FUNGHI of MALTA
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Nemesia arboricola  Pocock, 1903
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Arachnida / Araneae / Nemesiidae
Maltese Trap-door Spider     Brimba tal-bejta
Further Information:
These trap spiders have quite a unique way of capturing their prey. They are extremely rapid and clean when snatching their prey. They construct a trap-door made out of soil or other plant debris joined together thanks to their silk producing glands. The burrow is widened so is the the door by adding more debris, to meet the spider's needs. These group of spiders have been known to live for years and they take a long time to mature. Eggs are laid inside the burrow and protected by the female. This is a protected species in the Maltese islands.




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