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Awrapnid family

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The Awrapnid family is a family of small spider-like creatures first seen in Pikmin 3, although the family went unclassified until Pikmin 3 Deluxe. Its only member is the Arachnode, which usually stays in its web to catch prey that fly into it, much like real world spiders. Members belong to the Clavo genus.



Icon for the Arachnode, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia.
Main article: Arachnode.

Scientific name: Clavo fictusphera

The Arachnode is the first arachnid-based enemy in the Pikmin series with an interactable web. While dormant on its web, it resembles a cocoon, with a black and yellow striped and sphere-shaped body. This shape and coloring comes from the eight legs wrapped tightly around its body; the actual body is a small black orb with yellow circles instead of stripes. Once a Pikmin or leader gets caught in the web, it uncurls its legs after a while, and wanders up to its prey, consuming them quickly once it has reached them. It may also wander around the web freely in order to avoid Pikmin that are being thrown at it. The web will collapse once the Arachnode is defeated.


Much like the arachnorb family, the name is a take on "arachnid" and "wrap", referring to how members spin webs.

The name of the Clavo genus is likely derived from clavus, Latin for "stripe".

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese コダマグモ科?
Ko Dama Gumo Ka
Small orb spider family
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Flag of France French arachnorbilles Arachnospheres The name is a portmanteau of "arachnide" (arachnid), "orbe" (orb) and the diminutive suffix "-illes". It is referencing orb-weaver spiders, who's abdomen pattern and web-weaving style inspire the Arachnode's.
Flag of Germany German Arachnubbel Arachlumps The name is a portmanteau of Arachnide and Knubbel (small lumps). Ch in German can also be pronounced as a K sound, making the double meaning more obvious.
Flag of South Korea Korean 꼬마박거미 과
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Aracnesferídeos Arachspheridae The name is a portmanteau of "Aracno" (arachno), "esfera" (sphere) and the suffix "-ídeos" (-idae), which is used for naming animal family names
Flag of Spain Spanish Bolarácnidos Ballarachnidae or Ballarachnid The name is a portmanteau of "bola" (ball) and "arácnido" (arachnid)
The suffix "-idos" (-idae) is used for naming animal family names

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