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Male giant house spider

 

The giant house spider, now with the scientific name Eratigena atrica, is one of the biggest spiders of Central and Northern Europe.

It was previously placed in the genus Tegenaria, where in addition to Tegenaria atrica, it was also documented as Tegenaria duellica, Tegenaria gigantea and Tegenaria saeva, among others, all thought to be different species. It is now a member of the newly described genus Eratigena.

The bite of this species does not pose a threat to humans or pets, and it is generally reluctant to bite, preferring to escape.

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