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Classification:

SPRUCE-FIR MOSS SPIDER


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Dipluridae
Anthropoda Arachnida Genus: Microhexura
Species: M.
By: Alex H montivaga

THE SPRUCE-FIR MOSS SPIDER IS AN ENDANGERED


SPECIES.
The distinguishing characteristics Springtails in the moss mats provide the
of this phyla, class include: they have most likely food source.
four pairs of legs, they are joint-legged Adaptations include: they have
invertebrate animals, they have six pairs adapted to living on the moss mats, and
of appendages, spiders have no their two-pair of appendages have
antennas or wings, and they also have become adapted for feeding, defense,
two kinds of eyes. and sensory perception.
Their close relatives include the There is little known about
Tarantula, Tunnel-web Spider, Trapdoor reproduction because they are so rare,
Spider, New Zealand Spider, and many successful long-term captivity and
kinds of spiders. reproduction has not yet occurred.
Where they can be found includes: This spider is one of the smallest
Fraser fir and Red Spruce Forests. They spiders. Adults length from 0.10-0.15
have been recorded from Clingmans inches. They range in color from light
Dome and Mount Collins, Mount Le brown to a darker reddish brown. This
Conte, Mount Mitchell, Grandfather was a little interesting info.
Mountain, and Roan Mountain. They The Spruce-fir Moss Spider is
have also been found in two locations in endangered for many reasons. One
Link to picture above:
North Carolina. reason is that there is present or http://upload.wikimedia.org/
Their habitat is a damp, but well- threatened destruction or modification wikipedia/en/3/39/
Spruce_Fir_Moss_Spider.jpg
drained moss and liverwort mats, that to the habitat or range of the animal.
Link to website, where picture
grow on shaded rocks or boulders. It These animals also require situations of came from:
also includes high-elevation coniferous high and constant humidity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Spruce-fir_moss_spider
forests. There aren’t really any specific
For the position in the food chain, laws protecting the spider, but the U.S.
there has been no record of prey being Fish and Wildlife Service enforces
found in their webs, they have not been Federal Wildlife Laws.
observed taking prey in the wild.

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