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Tooth Cave Spider Neoleptoneta myopica


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Tooth Cave Spider
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Family: Leptonetidae, Leptonetid Cave Spiders view all from this family

Description Less than 1/16" (1.6 mm). Tiny and long-legged. Pale, off-white in color. Has primitive eyes. Aerial, hangs from strands of web.

Habitat Caves.

Range Travis County, Texas.

Endangered Status The Tooth Cave Spider is on the U.S. Endangered Species List. It is classified as endangered in Texas. This tiny predator has suffered from the loss of habitat in its Edwards Plateau range (Travis County). Some caves have been outright destroyed and built over. Others have been modified so that their temperatures and moisture levels have changed and they can no longer support the Tooth Cave Spider and other species.