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Dysdera crocata C. L. Koch, 1838
Dysderid Spider; Woodlouse Spider
Family: Dysderidae

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Distribution of Dysdera crocata in British Columbia
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The Woodlouse Spider is an introduced species in British Columbia that originates in Europe and is now found worldwide. In British Columbia, they are found in the southwestern corner of the province. This species "may have arrived in British Columbia as long as a century ago, probably in pots of garden plants or ship ballast, with their favoured food source, woodlice (a group of terrestrial crustaceans)" (RBCM 2012).

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Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
ExoticSNAExoticNot Listed
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General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-07-13 5:57:00 PM]
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