Latouchia swinhoei

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Latouchia swinhoei
Female Latouchia swinhoei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Ctenizidae
Genus: Latouchia
Species: L. swinhoei
Binomial name
Latouchia swinhoei
Pocock, 1901

Latouchia swinhoei or African Trapdoor Spider is a trapdoor spider from the family Ctenizidae. The spider was originally found in Okinawa, and other tropical islands in the area, it was then discovered in Africa.[1] The spider was thriving in the locations they were found in. [2]


Latouchia swinhoei are generally smaller than other trapdoor spiders, their coloration is prominently black, and as they mature, their dense black color begins to fade to a grey-brown mix. They have a pair of jaws and mandibles and eight legs, and eight eyes. The females are generally larger than the males, but the males have larger mandibles.[3]


Latouchia swinhoei like other trapdoor spiders are docile, and hunt for prey using a burrow to hide and ambush their prey.[4] If an insect were to walk near the premises of the burrow, it will lunge out and bites the prey and then drag it into the burrow. The spider's primary staple is any small animal that walks on the ground, such as beetles, millipedes, centipedes, worms, maggots, larvae, and most winged insects. They are also known to eat other spiders.[5] [6][not in citation given]


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  2. ^ "Spiders & Tarantalas" (PDF). CCS Treasures. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Twig lining in a Trapdoor Spider" (PDF). Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "The spider fauna of soil banks". Wiley. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "ITIS Standard Report Page". ITIS. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Latouchia swinhoei". University of Michigan. Retrieved 18 May 2013.