Unidentified

Picture ID 101874

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

I have no idea what this spider is. It was collected in NW Montana, only has two eyes, and seems to have “jaws” instead of the mouth structure I typically see in spiders. I believe it’s tarsi have 2 claws, it also had quite a few spines on the bottom leg sentiment. Any help with a family ID would be appreciated!

  • Submitted by: 
    Astacy
  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2020
  • Photographed: Jul 30, 2018
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Gardiner, Montana, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: No
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Hi there this is a sun spider

TangledWeb
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This strange creature is class Arachnida, order Solifugae. There are a few scientifically incorrect common names for them, I just go with Solifuges. Yes, those are real jaws. These arachnids catch and kill prey by crushing and chopping with their jaws. They can give a painful pinch to large animals and chop up little animals. They make spiders seem tame by comparison. Spiders can’t even chew. Solifuges are interesting ancient animals, I recommend reading more about them. You might be able to find a more specific identification than order level. We specialize in order Aranae of class Arachnida. I think… Read more »