Members of the suborder Mesothelae are mostly extinct, with only one family Liphistiidae still roaming the surface of the Earth today.
These spiders are amongst the most ancient spiders alive which comprises of true spiders living on Earth around 300 million years ago; thus termed “living fossils” nowadays.
The appearances of these spiders are very much different from our modern day spiders, particularly the two pairs of booklungs (instead of one), fangs pointing downwards (instead of sideways) and the spinnerets on the middle bottom of the abdomen (instead of at the end).
Malaysia is known to harbour Liphistius Trapdoor Spiders which can be found in caves or on mud slopes at cool areas.
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** Identification of the subjects in this page are tentative and should be taken with a pinch of salt.