Subject: Rare spider?
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
July 1, 2017 4:09 pm
Found this on my doorstep in Atanta, Georgia at night in the summer. (I moved it to a safer place where it was less likely to be noticed by a neighbor and killed).
We have not done any recent research on the Red Legged Purseweb Spider, but last we were aware, the species was considered endangered. Your individual looks emaciated, and he might have benefited from a meal like a nice fat cricket. We found this information on Animal Diversity Web: “Red-legged purseweb spiders, although scarcely found in nature, are not listed on any conservation lists. (Reichling, et al., 2011).” According to University of Kentucky Entomology: “The Red-Legged Purseweb Spider (Sphodros rufipes, which may occur in Kentucky) has historically appeared on U.S. endangered species lists, but some scientists believe that it may not be a rare spider. ” Because of your kind actions, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.