Subject: Spider I found in my house
Location: Poway, California
November 17, 2013 10:04 pm
I found this spider in my house and I think it might be a brown recluse. But I live in Poway, California and have heard that there aren’t any brown recluse in San Diego. So I was hoping you could shed some light on what kind of spider this is. Besides its appearance the only thing else I know about it is that it jumps a lot.
This is NOT a Brown Recluse. The pattern on the cephalothorax is reversed. In the Brown Recluse, the violin shaped marking is dark against a light background. While we are uncertain of your spider’s actual identity, we are posting the photo and we hope to have it identified soon. We are copying Mandy Howe who has agreed to assist us with spider identifications.
Thank you very much for the response Daniel. I really appreciate the info and your help on this. You are correct. This spider definitely does not have a violin shape on its back. So sorry for being one of the many who buy into the hype about brown recluses and/or brown widows. I look forward to hearing what this little guy really is.
Update: Shortly after posting, we discovered this photo of a Titiotus species on BugGuide that looks identical to your spider. It is classified as a member of the family Tengellidae. We will wait to hear what Mandy Howe has to say before we create a new category for your spider.