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 sper-matophore) 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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