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Male Thelcticopis severa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Family: Sparassidae
Genus: Thelcticopis
Karsch, 1884
Type species
Themeropis severa
L. Koch, 1875

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47 species
Thelcticopis in Bangalore, India

Thelcticopis is a genus of huntsman spiders that occurs almost exclusively in the Australasian region, from India to Japan to New Guinea and Fiji. However, one species (T. pestai) occurs in Costa Rica, and another (T. humilithorax) in Congo basin, although the latter species is probably misplaced in this genus.[1]

This genus is distinguished by the abdomen narrowing behind and ending in terminal spinnerets which are borne on a tubular stalk separated at the base by a membranous ring. They are often brownish-red, the abdomen is either of uniform color or shows paired spots. However, some species are black, yellow or green.[2]



  1. ^ Jäger, P. & Kunz, D. (2005). An illustrated key to genera of African huntsman spiders (Arachnida, Araneae, Sparassidae). Senckenberg. biol. 85:163-213.
  2. ^ Sherriffs, W.R. (1938). Hong Kong Spiders. Part IV. The Hong Kong Naturalist 8:178-185 PDF

Further reading[edit]

  • Reimoser, E. (1929). Spolia Mentawiensa: Araneae. The Bulletin of the Raffles Museum 2:125-133 PDF (description of T. klossi and T. karnyi)

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