Subject: What kind of spider is this?
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
November 10, 2014 11:38 am
Hello Bugman. What kind of spider is this? Our guess is a type of Huntsman, but there are so many different types of Huntsman photos online, and none really match well. The purple leg segments are beautiful. There is the tip of a standard chopstick in the photo for scale: The spider is 2 to 2 1/4 inches long. Thank you.
We do not think this is a Huntsman Spider. We are not certain, but your spider resembles a male Crevice Weaver in the genus Kukulcania. See this image from BugGuide for comparison. At least one member of the genus is found in California. We are going to seek assistance from Eric Eaton and Mandy Howe on your spider’s identity.
Eric Eaton Responds
This is something in the family Tengellidae (no common name), maybe in the genus Titiotus.
Very cool! Thanks Daniel and please thank Eric for us. It sure looks like a Titiotus. It’s wonderful to learn this Genus is native to CA and bite is harmless. Sorry, we did not get a close-up of features to identify the species. It is now roaming around our home in places unknown. I found other Titiotus observations close-by and around CA on iNaturalist Genus Titiotus after getting Eric’s email. Also see you have a Tengellid post from almost exactly 1 year ago, ironically from Doug, but not me, and near where we have relatives. Thank you too for the very fast replies. Most ironically, my last name is Titus! Oh the web of coincidence. Cheers, Doug