Anelosimus eximius

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Anelosimus eximus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Family: Theridiidae
Genus: Anelosimus
Species: A. eximius
Binomial name
Anelosimus eximius
Keyserling, 1884

Anelosimus eximius is a species of social spider in the genus Anelosimus, native to the Lesser Antilles and the area from Panama to Argentina. Colonies can comprise several thousand individuals.[1]

Anelosimus eximius are classified as a social spider species because they engage in shared brood care and cooperate to capture prey within their web, which allows them to capture prey much larger than a single individual would be able to. [2]


  1. ^ JSTOR: Journal of Arachnology, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Summer, 1986), pp. 201-217
  2. ^ Choe,..., ed. by Jae C.; Crespi,, Bernard J. (1997). The evolution of social behavior in insects and arachnids (1. publ. ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge university press. ISBN 9780521589772.