Reproductive Biology

Males mount the backs of females, fourth legs grasping her opisthosoma. Both face same direction during reproduction. Male uses third legs to transfer sperm (possibly through spermatophore) to female's genital opening (via insemination). There is assumed to be no courtship. Normally, 1-2 eggs are laid. Eggs are carried under mother's hood, until young hatch into six-legged larvae, with subsequent molts being protonymph, deutonymph, tritonymph, and adult. About 1-2 years is taken to reach maturity, with lifespan of 5-10 years.

CONSERVATION STATUS Not listed by the IUCN.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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