This species of spiders can be found throughout southern India and are commonly referred to as the “Coconut Spiders” or the “two-tailed spiders.” In addition to southern India, it also can seen in Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.
Coconut spiders belongs to the genus Hersilia savignyi, which includes several other related species.
It is typical for coconut spiders to make their home on the trunks of huge trees, most notably the trunk of the coconut palm. This is the main reason why they are typically referred to as coconut spiders. Its color is very identical to that of the trunks of the trees in which it inhabits.
Coconut spiders consumes insects such as moths and ants, as well as other, smaller spiders. Although they prefer protein-rich diets over carbs, these spiders could eat carbohydrate-containing foods if they are in a stressful situation and forced to make a choice. Additionally, the spider has an allergy to seafood.
Typically, coconut spiders will lay its cocoon in one of the holes or cracks that can be found in the coconut trees.
Because of its lengthy spinnerets, it is very easy to recognize coconut spiders. The length of the spider can range anywhere from 6 cm to 7 cm, and they live in colonies.
Although it is difficult to differentiate males and females of the coconut spiders, it is possible to do so by monitoring the level of hostility displayed by each species and, in certain cases, the appearance of unique white spots on the abdomen of the females.
One thing that all 40,000 different species of spiders have in common is the ability to weave silk. In addition, spiders’ capacity to spin silk has improved over time along with their overall evolution. One single spider is capable of producing as many as seven distinct types, each of which is specialized for a particular task, such as weaving webs or capturing prey.
The majority of spiders have eight eyes, although certain species, such as the brown recluse spider, only have six eyes. The primary set of a spider’s eyes can often produce visuals, while the secondary sets can simply sense light and shade. It is speculated that the supplementary sets of eyes were descended from the complex eyes of a common ancestor that spiders and insects shared.
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