Family : Ctenidae
 

Behaviour
Ctenids are free-living nocturnal hunters commonly found under fallen logs on the ground. When running the front legs are usually held off the ground. They hunt their prey amongst foliage and on the ground. One species, Ctenus pulchriventris, is the dominant wandering spider found in Afromontane forests in KwaZulu-Natal. Africactenus and Ctenus females deposit their egg cocoons on the substrate or carry them between their chelicerae and palps.

Prey
Ground-living insects and arachnids.

Distribution
Recorded mainly from forests in KwaZulu-Natal, the Northern Province and Mpumalanga.

Venom
Bites of some South American species are very toxic. Evidence so far indicates that the African species are not toxic to man. However, little is known.

Spiders associated with Forest
Ctenid feeding on a insect