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daniel g asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 1 decade ago

anyone into arachnology? spider id?

I just found this spider crawling on the wall behind my computer.

I'm in the desert southwest US.

at first this looked like a crab spider, it is small/medium,9mm body

first pair of legs are 30mm as are the 4th pair.second and 3rd are

slightly shorter with some hairs. the cephalothorax is nearly round,

with a smaller 'boxy' deformed abdomen.(a little like a pholcidae)

it is complety light tan. it has a single eye cluster centerd at the anterialdorsal that resembles a tiny blackberry (4 larger 4 smaller)

the most peculiar thing,is it lacks either chelicera,or pedipalps

it has 2 extentions(like palps) at its anterior that extend up and

forward these are folded double about 4mm at the ends they curve

inward.they look like a pair of tiny 'backhoes',and may have small

fangs at the end. I can't seem to upload pix,but could e-mail

this seems to be very docile,but fairly quick to go defensive.

any clues as to info or taxonomy is greatly appreciated.


I believe I've found it:





aka, southern house spider.

this is the first male I've seen,much less

in the desert.

Update 2:

thanks Kitty and Paul

3 Answers

  • paul
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Email me a pix. I have a new spider book that may help me find it. Also what external information, web type etc.

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  • 6 years ago

    daniel g

    My stepfather absolutely LOVES black widow spiders. He is obsessed with them. He has a couple spiders and a scorpion but I was wondering if you knew where I could buy him a black widow spider? (His birthday is coming up and I know he has always wanted a black widow). Any information would be appreciated, thanks!

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  • 1 decade ago

    please email it to me to see

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