Arachnids of North Carolina
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Trachelas volutus Gertsch, 1935 - a broad-faced sac spider


Taxonomy
Order: ARANEAEInfraorder: ARANEOMORPHAEFamily: TRACHELIDAE                                                                                 
Identification
Online Description/Photos: BugGuide, Google Images, iNaturalist, Wikipedia, GBIFTechnical Description: Platnick, N. I. & Shadab, M. U. (1974a). A revision of the tranquillus and speciosus groups of the spider genus Trachelas (Araneae, Clubionidae) in North and Central America. American Museum Novitates 2553: 1-34.
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Distribution in North Carolina
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Adult phenology:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Frequently found in rolled loose bark of crepe myrtle, rolled leaves, and similar locations.
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Behavior: Sexes appear to cohabitate, as dbz has found several couples sharing rolled leaves.
Status in North Carolina
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Photo Gallery for Trachelas volutus - a broad-faced sac spider

Recorded by: Donald ZEPP
Johnston Co.
Comment: Female hidden behind chip of paint on exterior porch stairs. Also present were the remains of several other spiders of non-determined species.
Recorded by: Donald ZEPP
Johnston Co.
Comment: Female hidden behind chip of paint on exterior porch stairs. Also present were the remains of several other spiders of non-determined species.
Recorded by: Donald ZEPP
Johnston Co.
Comment: Female hidden behind chip of paint on exterior porch stairs. Also present were the remains of several other spiders of non-determined species.
Recorded by: Donald ZEPP
Johnston Co.
Comment: Found on interior house wall ca. 22:00. I planned to photograph & release, thinking it to be T. tranquillus, but it had died overnight! Decided to take palp photos, just for the record, and discovered it to be volutus!
Recorded by: Donald ZEPP
Johnston Co.
Comment: Female and male (recorded separately) found together in rolled, dead leaf. Released after ex situ photos.
Recorded by: Donald ZEPP
Johnston Co.
Comment: Female and male (recorded separately) found together in rolled, dead leaf. Released after ex situ photos.
Recorded by: Donald ZEPP
Johnston Co.
Comment: Female and male (recorded separately) found together in rolled, dead leaf. Released after ex situ photos.
Recorded by: Donald Zepp
Johnston Co.
Comment: Male found with female (added separately) in rolled dead leaf. Released after ex situ photos