Liphistius batuensis

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Liphistius batuensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Mesothelae
Family: Liphistiidae
Genus: Liphistius
Species: L. batuensis
Binomial name
Liphistius batuensis
Abraham, 1923

Liphistius batuensis is a species of trapdoor spider from Malaysia. It is thought to be restricted to the Batu Caves, near Kuala Lumpur.[1] It was first collected by H. C. Abraham in 1923, and has been described as a living fossil.[2]

Adults build a nest which is 40–50 millimetres (1.6–2.0 in) long with an opening some 22 millimetres (0.9 in) wide, from which six to ten strands of silk radiate out 12.5–15 centimetres (5–6 in) in a semicircle. The movement of an insect against these threads is detected by the spider which then rushes out and captures the insect.[2] Spiderlings build smaller nests, only 10 millimetres (0.4 in) across, and seem to abandon these during development to build a bigger nest; intermediate sizes of nest are not seen.[2]

Spiders of all ages may fall prey to cave-dwelling centipedes.[2]


  1. ^ Liz Price (2004). "An introduction to some cave fauna of Malaysia and Thailand" (PDF). Acta Carsologica. 33 (1): 311–317. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-26. 
  2. ^ a b c d H. Elliott McClure, Boo-Liat Lim & Sarah E. Winn (1967). "Fauna of the Dark Cave, Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia" (PDF). Pacific Insects. 9 (3): 399–428.