Unidentified

Picture ID 123589

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

Upon closer examination, the spider seemed to have very short sporadic hairs. It was surprisingly quick and nimble for its size. It was running on the ceiling without falling at about the pace of a walking human. It seemed to panic with the commotion below when it lost its footing and dropped and hid on that cutting board in the pic. At full outstretched leg-span, it seemed to be about as big as 3/4 an open palm of an adult human. We spotted another one of these about 2 years later at around the same month, so they seem to be active in hot and humid Mediterranean summers. In both instances, the spider was found on the ceiling of our kitchen.

  • Submitted by: 
    MrTrainee
  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2020
  • Photographed: Jul 16, 2018
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Kiryat Tivon, Israel
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: No
  • Attributes:
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Vonpaulus

This looks like Tegenaria parietina to me.

Vonpaulus

Another possibility could be a Sparassidae of some kind..a spider in this family would be more consistent with your description. I’m thinking of Eusparassus sp., maybe E. walckenaeri.

Last edited 1 month ago by Vonpaulus
Vonpaulus

Thank you for the link, which confirms that E. walckenaeri is established in the “Near East”.
The list of Eusparassus sp. is discouragingly long, but you can narrow it down, if you take the range into account. Take E. dufouri for example: I’ve just checked its range and it turned out that it’s established in Spain and Portugal only.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eusparassus

Due to its range, E. walckenaeri would seem to be best candidate, if the genus is correct 🙂

Vonpaulus

You’re welcome! It’s a wonderful spider, anyway. I’m from Italy, so I should get a chance to sight it, too. I guess I’d have to move southward, though 😀

Last edited 1 month ago by Vonpaulus